It’s New Year’s Eve and the term “cold” brings a whole new meaning with it (at least for those of us in the northeast). As I sit here by the fireplace with feet-up, wearing some old woolen military socks, I ponder yet the passing of another year and wonder what it is that makes us so taken with the passage of time?
Is it the fact we have a limited amount of it (yet by most counts you’d never tell by the way so many of us squander it)? Is it the fact that it’s a means in which to measure our lives (are we where we’re supposed to be)? Or is it simply just another mechanical stroke of tick-tock without meaning or effect (it’s neither here nor there)? In essence, it’s all these and none of these, for time is irrelevant, if we don’t harbor the single most important attribute that makes it all worthwhile, namely faith.
Wow! Now there’s a boat-load to comprehend! On a New Year’s Eve yours truly takes to writing about faith?! Heavy topic indeed! For sure, but then again, there will be a boat-load of us wondering tonight what the New Year will bring, and what beautiful and wondrous things 2018 shall reveal? Being of the optimistic persuasion (at least I try), it’s clear that we look ahead with positivity, yet knowing full well that life doesn’t’ always bring a basket of fresh peaches with it. There’s always bound to be a few rotten ones buried within! Nonetheless, we mustn’t fret lest we become squeamish and nervous about the dawning of yet another circular trip around that ball of fire in the sky. And we wouldn’t want that.
Yes, faith is that obscure intangible thing that actually gets us from point A to point B (and I’m not talking about Uber either). Without it, humankind would not be where it is today. In spite of all the trouble and want in the world, the world has never seen the degree of prosperity that we experience today. This doesn’t mean that we don’t tackle those problems that do exist, but if we are to tackle them, then it’s only through faith, coupled with the power of our imagination (see Imagination Revisited: The Greatest Power on Earth…), that will see us through them.
So what is this thing called faith? Doesn’t it mean many different things to many different people? Of course it does and always will. But there’s a common thread that weaves through the fabric of all faith in the world, and that’s belief. A belief, whether for better or worse, that we’re capable of making a difference in the world. It’s this that gives faith its power; it’s this that gives humankind the wherewithal to carry on in spite of the suffering and misery in the world.
American author and speaker Neville Goddard (1905-1972) said that “Faith is believing the unbelievable.” If so, then we must, in our own way, become believers in the unbelievable. We must believe that incredible and positive things can happen in our own lives and in the lives of those around us. It’s incumbent upon us to act as stalwarts in the quest for achieving that which seems unachievable.
When President John F. Kennedy on May 25th, 1961 promised to put a man on the Moon by the end of that decade, he didn’t know for certain that it would happen, but he did have faith that it would. He had faith in the skills and the abilities of those that would make it happen, just as they in turn, had the faith in themselves to make it a reality. On July 20th, 1969, the unbelievable become believable when Neil Armstrong took humankind’s first steps upon the lunar surface. Now that’s the power of faith!
So as another year rapidly comes to an end and as the clock strikes midnight, raise a toast to faith and all that it means. And always remember that without it, nothing is possible, but with it, we can move worlds…
Have a Happy, Prosperous, and Faithful 2018!
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