PREPARE YOUR EYES TO READ AND YOUR HEART TO RECEIVE AS YOU TAKE IN THE WORDS THAT LOOK TO CHANGE LIVES, RENEW HEARTS, AND OPEN MINDS. Going “through the fire” of life is a battle we face every day. When you look at your life and think of all the things you have been through and realize that you are still here, how does that make you feel? I would hope you would say blessed and thankful. We often overlook our accomplishments because we are too busy focusing on failures, letdowns, or the next thing. Reviewing your current lifestyle and where you started is needed to assess how you have become victorious from your past. You have heard it many times before, the struggle allows you to enjoy the fruits of your labor, but I also think that having faith to persevere is what gets you to the finish line. Faith is the complete confidence in someone or something. Most attribute this word to religion or God, but in simpler terms, you must have faith that a chair will withhold your weight upon sitting down in it, or once you board a plane, it will lift off and land safely to get you to your desired location.
Faith allows us to believe in something in the future, knowing what we have here and now. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) states that “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” In so many cases, faith is what most lean on to get them through hard times. Imagine waiting to hear that your child survived a horrific accident, or the remission of cancer, maybe a child graduating even though they had a learning disability or stayed in trouble.
What happens to your faith when you don’t get the results you hoped for, the business goes bankrupt, the relationship ends, or someone passes away. The common questions of “Why me,” or “why was that person’s life cut short” arise. It’s normal. Even the most faithful person can go down into the pit of agony and confusion.
Faith is like a muscle that needs exercise to remain strong. You can’t sit around and hope that everything will work out for the good of all things. You must be willing to work and sacrifice as well. “Faith without work is dead.”
Chaka Kahn sang the song “Through The Fire,” and she let a person know what she would endure being with that person. Here are a few of the lyrics:
“Through the fire, to the limit, to the wall For a chance to be with you I’d gladly risk it all Through the fire Through whatever, come what may For a chance at loving you I’d take it all the way Right down to the wire Even though the fire.”
How many of you have the dedication and willpower to go through the fire for someone, something, or, more importantly, yourself? Going through the fire is painful, stressful, and annoying. You must understand that the death of a dream or idea is not the end and that delayed doesn’t mean denied. To elevate or resurrect your faith during your challenging times, understanding that you will encounter changes and difficult times will allow you to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
Just as you think and look back at your accomplishments, you will soon realize that there is life after disappointment and rejection. Maybe it took you to get denied, overlooked or rejected to set you on a new path in life that has made you more successful.
Isn’t it liberating to know that you received a breakthrough despite the many trials and tribulations you have experienced and are still here instead of breaking? Know that you are more vital and resilient today than you were yesterday! #SPEAK2MYHEART “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” Saint Augustine