This week, I read Heather Bixler's Mini Bible Study on FAITH. This is one of my favorite subjects, and having been a Christian for many years, I didn't suppose there was much I hadn't already heard about it, but it's nice to hear it, again. My goodness, was I wrong! While the scriptures were familiar, I loved the wonderfully fresh perspectives on them that can only come from someone who is truly "in touch" with the Lord. How can I say something like that? Well, I'll tell you. It's because I came away with something life-changing.
It was the suggestion that faith is a choice.
Now, having always considered faith to be something that "grew" in you, something you had to personally work hard to cultivate, this was a highly refreshing thought for me to think about. If all I had to do was choose (like picking chocolate over vanilla), I would choose faith all day long. Then it occurred to me that maybe I simply had the habit of looking where I had been, to figure out where I was going, instead of looking ahead. So, I started making a conscious decision to "choose faith" if ever I spotted an opportunity on my horizon. What a boon to realize there were little opportunities everywhere, once I started looking for them! And what a surprise to discover how much I liked doing it. There was a bonus, too.
Choosing faith has made me feel joyful. It makes me smile when I think about it, and gives me something to look forward to every day. What's more, it doesn't go away, like so many other enjoyable things do after they're over. In short, this little Bible study made me think, and discover new things about my own Christianity. And that's how I knew for sure where this secret truly came from. Perhaps if you read this book (and I hope you will), God will whisper something joyful to your heart, as well. Meanwhile, I'm very glad Heather Bixler took the time to share what she heard.
Thank you, Heather!