A Simple Way to Grow Your Faith

Sitting across from a friend at lunch, I heard this story.

For four years in a row now, I’ve taken time off each summer to serve at a non-profit camp for at-risk kids. It’s the highlight of my year! Every year God has taken care of my business while I’m out of the office and basically off grid for an entire week. Being self employed, that much time away can potentially throw my business into chaos. But every single time, God has taken care of the business. He’s made sure things run smoothly and that I still have consistent cash flow coming in. I don’t know why I’m worrying this year when He’s taken care of me every other time!

I could relate with the worry gremlin who likes to taunt me today in spite of what God’s provided in the past.Why is it that we have such a hard time trusting God this time even though He provided last time? I wondered.

As we continued to talk, something dawned on me. So, I told my friend – as much for me as for him –

I bet we wouldn’t worry nearly as much if we took time to remember our God stories. If we wrote down the stories of how God takes care of us, we’d have a list to look at when we’re tempted to worry or doubt or fear. Anytime we needed to, we could reread our stories and say, ‘See, God did this and this and this? He’s the same God today! So, don’t worry, Self.’

My friend loved the idea and decided to go home, write some stories down, and tack them to the wall so he can reread them and remember.

Pump Up Your Faith

What worry haunts you today? What makes you wonder how God’s going to provide or if He’s even going to show up?

One of the best ways to fight that fear is with a good, old-fashioned storytelling.  Carve a few minutes out of your day to sit down with your journal (or just your memory) and remember a time when God took care of you in the past.

Close your eyes and relive that story. Remember the joy you felt, how grateful and excited you were. Then remind yourself that the very same God is here today. While He may not solve today’s situation in an identical way, He will take care of you because He’s promised He would! Rehearsing happy memories in the meantime helps take the sting and uncertainty out of the wait.

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

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