“Seek not to understand that you may believe,
but believe that you may understand."
“Faith is to believe what we do not see;
and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe."
— Saint Augustine
[Classic post from 2-7-11]
I was thinking about goals and a conversation recently about having goals and the gist of the conversation was, did I know exactly how I was to achieve this goal that was stated? What was intimated and expected was an accounting forecast with a complete business plan written out and any and all potential roadblocks to be accounted for and a plan developed ahead of time to deal with them as they arise. It was stated that if I couldn't have that, then I didn't have a goal that was realistic. Well, there's that reality thing popping up again. . .
In other words, it had nothing to do with faith because faith is empty without firm reason, which is the opposite of the quotes above. The other point I need to make to give anyone else who's ever set a goal some hope and courage is that a goal is a what, it is not a how. So, the goal is extremely valuable and important. I encourage everyone to set goals: this is what I want, where I want to go, what I want to do, achieve, etc.. A vision of something to arrive at and keep our eyes and mind looking toward as if it is much closer than it may now appear.
Another thing to offer some hope and courage is that we live on a planet that we did not make, in a galaxy, we did not make, in a universe, we can't even comprehend, let alone make. The point is that there is much more than we. Now, whatever name we want to give that, God, the Infinite Intelligence, the Universe, or whatever, this power is available to all of us equally, and it creates circumstances, events, and situations to help make those goals come true–when–we have made a decision about what we want; the goal.
It's all well and good for us to play with our little plans about how we might make something happen. Heck, we might even come close to being of service in this arena, but more often than not, we are being guided and encouraged and inspired in numerous ways that help us find ways to achieve that we never could have come up with. We have infinite capacity when we rely on and trust in that God force. And, there is the faith that moves the needle and the mountains.
We get to choose what and it is fully expected, but how is only a toy for us and when we go ahead and play with the toy for the fun of it, but trust in the toymaker, therein lies successful achievement of every and any what we may choose.
How cool is that?
Faith Is One Awesome Benevolent Power.
Spread Some Joy Today–your sincere faith exudes a radiant glow of joy. Everyone around you can see it and feel it with you.