The Thing Requiring Faith

These past two days of 2021, I’ve been inspired to think about doing things that actually require faith. 

It’s so exciting! What an adventure to live this way. Consider Hebrews 11:6–the famous passage that says this: “Without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe he exists and rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Or think about 1 Thessalonians 1:3 and the idea of our work “produced by faith.”

I know I’m doing something that requires faith when I feel like I’m not doing something in my own strength. It’s faith when I’m depending on God because I can’t see my way ahead. It’s faith when I do something that scares me or when I step out in a new direction as I follow God’s leading. I know it’s faith when I’m trusting God with the outcome as I talk to people about Jesus. It’s faith when I think, “I can’t do this, but God can!”

Some of my faith steps include launching that Facebook author page writer’s encouragement for January, reaching out to friends who don’t know Jesus yet, sending a young adult novel to my agent and publisher, and accepting speaking engagements and new teaching assignments at Penn State. I’m excited to think about this new day and what I’ll do that requires faith. If nothing in my life requires faith, maybe I’m in the wrong spot.


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