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The confident belief or trust in the truth or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.

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Have Faith

  • Dec 31, 2009
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When I was only a bit younger, my grandmother once told me to keep faith close to my heart & to never give up hope. She was right of course but it would only take me many years to grasp her meaning & to really apply it somehow in the grand scheme of things to my own life. 

Perhaps having so-called faith is nothing more than just a state of mind which allows one to have confidence that somehow things will turn out well even if the odds are not in ones favor. Defying all reason & ability or logic, we sometimes comfort ourselves simply by believing in the unknown will see us through. Though faith can sometimes require taking a humongous leap into uncharted territories or relying on unseen forces to take necessary action, we can easily distract our own negativity by placing a degree of trust in someone or something.

Although the term faith is quite commonly referred to as a religious term, I think it goes much farther into realms of near psychosis which could lead to inevitable insanity. Sometimes I find myself a bit more sane or focused if I lack a certain degree of trust or involvement in things which require much faith. Perhaps this could explain my hiatus from the institutionalized church or religions in general even though I was brought up in a Baptist home where lack of reverence for God was simply disgraceful or unheard of. Not to imply that my family was a band of religious zealots or that I'm a nut ball but I preferred to search for all things spiritual by merely delighting in the positive aspects of life & using such written instruments like the Bible as a mere guideline on how one could possibly attain more abundant living. If you become too wrapped up in anything including the spiritual or devoted religions, you soon lose sight of who you really are & the direction of your life. I choose to not let that happen.

I do feel that I'm actually closer to God or the higher powers that be simply by reaching out to others in their time of need or provide assistance when I can. Simply extending my hands to strangers or those who could benefit greatly from my help strengthens my relationship with God & should grant me favor in His eyes perhaps. Having said that, God Himself could easily overlook some of my shortcomings or transgressions if I help to do His work & that in itself is quite rewarding. I don't consider myself a saint nor do I feel that my works are anywhere close to what one might deem angelic. I am, by nature, flawed in my humanity just as much as the next person. Having faith that God will see me through my tough times even though I'm not preaching from the pulpit nor crying out to be saved sustains me or grounds me. We do need that certain grounding in life.

I can't lie to you & say that I've always been so grounded. I am still not completely grounded in faith nor spirituality. Believe me when I tell you there were times when I seriously thought the final chapter in my life was closed & those around me would only be left shaking their heads in disbelief. There were times when I absolutely hated my life & just wanted everything to be over. I will not lie to you & say that those days are far behind me as sometimes those thoughts of residual anger or hatred do still enter my mind. I do my best to abolish such thoughts which do not foster my becoming self-reliant nor do they set any great example for those around me who could very use some guidance. I do pray that one I can truly love unconditionally again & that mental anguish will truly be something I've managed to put to rest rather than the flame that consumes. I do have a great deal of love in my heart for my fellow man but the lack of trust is an ongoing struggle. Only God knows when that will truly cease. It's work but I haven't given up.

Although I don't currently attend any religious services lately, I am by no means an atheist. I have my doubts. I always have.  However, this only means that I do crave this spiritual experience or to know even more about how to maintain faith & to not lose hope in a world where things are subject to change virtually at any moment. Given the transformational nature of society or the world we live in, one cannot always be so sure of anything & often our blind searches for something to place our beliefs in are wild goose chases at best. It's hard to live a decent life when so much is expected of you & all the ideas or wisdom you find around do not give you any easy answers. It's discouraging, right? That's when faith comes in. Trust in yourself & those around you that there will be an answer throughout the endless course of your soul searching. It may not be the answer you want but truths will be revealed in good time. Funny how that works, eh?

When do we need faith? Good question. I say it's certainly hard work for anyone to remain positive all the time but having even a small amount of faith may be all that you need to get you through the day sometimes. We can be confident in ourselves but don't ever get too big-headed. Bear in mind these blessings as I refer to them had to have some origin. Things do, in fact, happen for a reason & nothing goes unnoticed in the spiritual realm with proper checking. If you are fortunate, consider yourself blessed but don't take it for granted. That so-called luck can disappear without a moment's notice. Be grateful to the powers that be for everything that goes well & even for the things that don't. Life would be kinda boring if only good things took place & we would never appreciate living if the bad weren't also present. This is where faith comes in. Should the bad things take their toll, feel confident enough that the storm will pass soon enough & you will resolve to exist.

What should we have faith in? I say believe in a higher power. If you are not privy to this, now may be a good time to do a bit of soul searching. Believe in those who compliment your personality & only wish every good thing for you. Your friends & family are there to help you so it's best to keep them close to your heart. Although you can't always grasp their meaning or reasoning behind everything they do, have faith that they mean well & know that they have your back. Believe in those who strive to do good for the community, society, or the country. Although we have no concrete evidence as a general rule of thumb that things will pan out, it will help you & them to project positive thoughts.  You'd be amazed at how far positive thinking will take you. Mostly, believe in yourself. If you do not have faith that you are capable of great things, you are setting yourself up for failure. Do not jeopardize your endeavors!  
    
Happy New Years to all! Thank you for your golden eyes! 
     
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January 07, 2010
Brian, although I agree with many things and disagree with some, that is a very well written review! You must have put a lot of thought into it, it shows. Have you noticed it was featured in the newsletter that @jrjohnson sent out yesterday? 
January 20, 2010
Thnks mama! I really appreciate the feedback & your golden eyes. This one came from the heart. I'm glad that you took the time you drop by & read it in addition to even leaving me comments. Much appreciated! Yeah, I saw that. Being featured in a newsletter is pretty flattering to say the least.
 
December 31, 2009
Happy New Year, Brian! You write beautifully & it is delightful to read this as the first review I come to read in 2010! Faith is probably a verb, not a noun :-) I like it that you rate it a +5; I think Faith is similar to one's belief in God, one needs to personally experience HIM to know its existence! Anything less than that is merely one's belief, confidence and delusion :-)
January 05, 2010
Hi Sharrie! Well, thank you. I'm delighted that my review is the first one you should to start the new year. I thought I could use a bit more faith moving towards 2010 when I wrote it so I'm stoked that so many others can benefit from it also. Thank you also for your sincere compliments. That was very sweet of you. Faith is, indeed, similar to one's belief in God or a higher power. I think those that are privy to God will have more faith of course but it would be more fulfilling to experience the divine & spiritual rather than relying on confidence of belief in oneself. ;-) Thus, having more faith in God & others is one of my goals in 2010.
 
December 31, 2009
self-fulfilling prophecy can be good as well as bad! I agree with you that you can set your self up to fail! Thanks for sharing.
January 05, 2010
As with anything basically, there are upsides & downsides. It's sometimes just what you make of it vs. merely rolling the dice. Wecan't always leave everything up to chance or luck. Good to hear from you Coldsteel7. I'm delighted you stopped by. Is 7 your lucky number also?
January 06, 2010
all numbers are my lucky numbers...seven is just the luckiest...
February 05, 2010
Definitely! That's my lucky number as well.
 
December 31, 2009
wow! amazing write-up, Brian! Kudos for being really personal too. It is pretty hard to be positive all the time, but I've learned to roll with the punches. People need to believe in themselves and to trust their gut instincts too. I like the way you brought in the idea that some people are more fortunate than others and to treasure this fact. (not to get big-headed) I like the way you related the religious and real world aspects...nicely done. Hey...I thought CENOBITES don't have faith and they steal it from you....
January 05, 2010
I almost always try to avoid being too personal for fear of the online beasties but I may be doing some similar reviews in the near future as these so-called personal ones really attract quite a crowd. Maybe one on depression? Also want to write some music reviews which is something I haven't done in awhile. There is one I have in mind which literally has your name all over it. Oh, cenobites don't have faith. They can very well steal it from you though...Mwahaha!
January 05, 2010
LIFEFORCE baby! introducing Mathilda May...wow!
January 06, 2010
Oh yeah, that was around the time I had just turned 10 or 11 & learned to masturbate. Mathilda May was hot! LMFAO
January 06, 2010
I think we just awoke a lot of Scotman's childhood memories...like 45 years ago LOL!
 
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I've spent years trying to make others happy & not really focusing on what's most important in my own life. Having said that, my own health & security are paramount so now I'm more … more
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Faith is the confident belief or trust in the truth or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. The word "faith" can refer to a religion itself or to religion in general. As with "trust", faith involves a concept of future events or outcomes, and is used conversely for a belief "not resting on logical proof or material evidence." Informal usage of the word "faith" can be quite broad, and may be used in place of "trust" or "belief."

Faith is often used in a religious context, as in theology, where it almost universally refers to a trusting belief in a transcendent reality, or else in a Supreme Being and/or this being's role in the order of transcendent, spiritual things.

Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true. It is the belief and the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, based on his or her authority and truthfulness. The English word faith is dated from 1200–50, from the Latin fidem, or fidēs, meaning trust, akin to fīdere, which means to trust.
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