Faith. It can be a tricky thing. Right? That isn’t just me?
I grew up in a Christian home where I attended Sunday school every week and sang in the choir. I attended a private Christian school from K-12th grade. I even graduated from a Baptist college. So I’ve always been in/around Christian circles, Christian thoughts, and Christians.
But when does your faith really become your own? What does faith really mean to me? Does my version of faith look different than your version of faith?
Webster dictionary defines faith as “a strong belief or trust in someone or something.” Based on this definition I have faith in my boyfriend and my parents. So how is this different from my faith in God?
I cannot see God. I cannot reach out and touch Him. I also cannot invite Him to sit across from me in a coffee shop and talk about life. (But let’s be real, how freaking sweet would that be?)
Faith to me means believing in a God who is always there for me. He will always love me, no matter how many times I fail Him and screw up. He will always protect me no matter how foolish I am. He wants the best for me, and I truly believe that. But why do I believe that?
I moved to Nashville somewhat randomly. I decided in 2013 that I would move here without ever having visited. I had just transferred colleges and had three part-time jobs. But I knew that God had put this desire on my heart and that Nashville was the right place.
I got a job offer for a tour before I moved here. I found an apartment with a friend. A couple of months after moving, I had a boyfriend, a community of friends, and a church I felt a part of. Everything was going great.
But then I didn’t have work for a while. And honestly over the past year, I’ve struggled with my finances. But you know what, I’m not too worried about it. I have faith in God. I know that great things are coming; I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I can feel that God is preparing me for something big. Because He wants me to succeed. He doesn’t want me to fail. He wants me to learn and grow.
Faith is reaching out to people to make your dreams a reality. Faith is taking the job that you don’t want in order to make ends meet. Faith is having a positive attitude when you have every reason to be negative. Faith is spreading your story with others, even the not so good parts. Faith is speaking your dreams/hopes/goals into existence.
I think the beautiful thing about faith is that is can mean different things to different people. It doesn’t mean that I am right and you are wrong. God reveals himself in various ways to everyone. That’s what makes our stories so unique, even if we think they are boring. Your story of faith may be different from mine, but it is just as important.
Right now, living out my faith means being vulnerable. I am meeting with strangers, friends of friends, etc. and sharing my passions and goals. I am putting myself out there, and it can be awkward. Not gonna lie. I am trying to be honest, even when it means showing my struggles. Transparency is how I am living out my faith.
So what does faith mean to you? What does it look like to live out your faith?
Kelsey is one of those people who will tell you that Texas is the best state and Nashville is the best city. She loves traveling, exploring, local coffee shops, and reading. Thankfully she has a job that allows her to do all of these things. She is fluent in sarcasm, wants to be Jess from New Girl, and above all wants to build other women up instead of tearing them down. All of her social media handles are @riotkelsey and she blogs over at riotkelsey.wordpress.com