We toss around the word all the time: lost faith in...I have faith that..., etc. But I wonder if we give lip service to something that we don't fully grasp. I know I do. To have faith is to know something unseen. Got it. Right? But...what about having faith in humanity. Certainly that counts. Or does it? And then you throw in that other people think personal faith is something THEY get an opinion on...well...I think we all know how I feel about that! And then we are fully in the complicated place. For me. Faith in things is so sacred. I have faith in my religion. But I know of some who would argue that. What gives them that right? To argue it for me?
I ran into this quote recently:
Alfred D. Souza : ”For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin, real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles WERE my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness IS the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”
I don't know why, when I read this quote, I thought of faith, but I did. It was such a clear, drawn line for me. Removing everything else about faith that I get tripped up on, one thing is clear. I have absolute knowledge that this is my one life to live. And I also have faith that no one else in this life can make me happy and that my life, while complicate-y sometimes, is actually going how it should be going. No one can prove this, but it's something I still believe with my whole heart.
So, while I don't have absolute faith and I see the gray more than I should, I am still learning and drawing conclusions about faith. And I think that is as it should be.
Classic, you know I had to do it song:
(faith, george michael)