Monday, September 6, 2010

Yes, You Can Have It All

This essay appeared in Guideposts magazine.

What is the most important element in life? Surely confidence, happiness, contentment and love rank high. Courage, successful living, hope. But all of these come from a single source.

Confidence is faith in God and yourself. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Happiness and contentment arise from faith that God’s hand is in everything that happens. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21).

Love is faith and trust in another. “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6).

Hope is faith for the future. “Put your hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17).

Courage is faith that you can win. The Bible’s heroes “through faith conquered kingdoms…shut the mouths of lions…escaped the edge of the sword… (Hebrews 11:33-39).

Successful living is taking action through faith. “This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).

Searching for the good life? Begin with faith…and all you need will follow.

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