Keeping true to my faith every single day is easier said than done. Merriam-Webster defines faith as 1) strong belief or trust in someone or something or 2) belief in the existence of God; strong religious feelings or beliefs. It would be a life if I say that I could do this without fail. There are days when it is tough to walk what I preach to myself. I think that it is during the most difficult days when we are sorely tested that faith comes out stronger. And often, it is the simple every day things that we do that strengthens it.
Trust in how things unfold. Faith begins with full acceptance of God’s will. It is following his teachings regardless of the uncertainty I feel. It is about trusting in the process. It is a deep sense of knowing that whatever ends the path will lead me, my belief in God’s goodness and mercy will take me there unscathed.
Connect with God. Prayer is powerful and transformative. Taking the time to connect with God is a form of meditation that offers relief from stress. It also anchors and balances me when I am feeling overwhelmed. Despite knowing this, I still tend to forget to give a few minutes of my time each day for prayer. I think putting a more conscious effort on saying a simple prayer at any time can be a therapeutic and helpful habit to have.
Follow His word. Living by faith is about staying true to God’s word. It is working on keeping my thoughts and actions in line. It is being mindful of my thoughts and how it influences my perceptions and interactions with the people around me. It is about paying attention to my behaviors that may contradict my beliefs.
Believe that something good will happen. For true faith to take root there should be an unshakeable belief that something good will eventually happen. This conviction will be sorely tested during the most difficult times. But trust in God to believe that struggles will pass and that something positive is bound to come out of any tough situation.
Be kind. Faith reflects on the little acts of kindness we do every day. It is walking the path God wants us to follow. There is something soothing about doing little acts of kindness to anyone without expecting anything in return. The more I can do this, the more I feel grounded and connected with my faith.
Be grateful. Counting my blessings can be an uplifting experience. It also helps me take stock of the things I have that I may have ignored. When life becomes tough, I list down all the things I am thankful for. It is then that I realize that I have more than I thought I had.