Belief is incredibly powerful. It can do so much good. Belief in positive things can change our lives, right down to our character.
I wish I believed more.
I don’t know that this feeling ever goes away.
Whether it’s belief in ourselves, a bright future, our loved ones, and even God, we all wish we could believe more.
As a boy, sitting in church I remember listening to people speak at the pulpit. I often heard phrases like:
“I KNOW that God answers prayers”
“I KNOW that God lives”
This always confused me. I never understood how they could say that they knew these things.
Had they seen God? How did they KNOW that He was there?
As I got older and came to believe for myself, I caught myself saying the same things over the very same pulpit. I sometimes still make the same mistake, but thankfully, now I’ve learned better.
I don’t KNOW any of these things.
I don’t KNOW that my future is bright.
I don’t KNOW that I will improve my financial situation.
I don’t KNOW that God lives and answers prayers. I have never seen Him.
But I do believe.
I choose to believe.
We have to decide what and how much to believe. Belief grows slowly, not quickly.
But it always grows by choice.
If we want our belief to grow we have to choose every day to carefully nurture it for growth. We have to choose to tell ourselves what and how we’re going to believe. Some days we do this intentionally.
Many days, unfortunately, many of us make the decision to let the world tell us what we will believe.
We mistakenly think that we don’t have a choice. You don’t have to let the news ruin your life. Or petty Politicians for that matter. Or anybody else.
You always have a choice to believe better, happier things.
You just have to make that choice and protect it from dogmatism.
Because belief is also fragile.
Too many people that I’ve seen grow wildly dogmatic about what they think is knowledge of fact but is in reality, only belief. They usually end up destroying their belief with their attempt to force it.
You have no evidence that the earth was created 6,000 years ago.
Or that evolution, global warming, or anything else isn’t real.
And neither you or I KNOW for a fact that God is there.
If we believe, it’s a simple matter of choice.
It’s sacred, personal, and fragile, yes.
But belief is still a choice. Whether good or bad, you’re always choosing what you will believe.
Will you choose to believe the good over the bad?