How do we change a lifelong habit of expecting the worst but hoping for the best? How do we silence the fear of the what ifs that live deep inside of us? Can we truly ever fully believe the best outcome will occur if we simply let go of the reigns?
These are all fair questions to ask when learning to live by faith. See, the truth is, we all wish we had stronger faith, but the reality is there seems to always be an inner voice of doubt that keeps us from reaching our desired level of faith-based living. Below is a short guide that will give you the tools to living a faith-based life.
3 Steps To Building A Faith-Based Life
1. WRITE DOWN THE DESIRED OUTCOME.
This step is my personal favorite. A few years ago, I began bullet Journaling. Each day I would write down my “to do” list along with an inspirational quote and a few goals for the day. Eventually, I began writing down desired outcomes of situations I was going through.
Writing down desired outcomes helps to reinforce positive thinking while dealing with difficult situations. Let’s face it, we all have times when our situations get the best of us and it feels as if we have the weight of the world on our shoulders. Writing down positive outcomes helps to visualize yourself coming out of the situation victorious. Often times, we cannot arrive at our goals unless we visualize what reaching them looks like. This leads me to step number two.
2. VISUALIZE IT, AND SPEAK IT.
This step is equally as important as the first. Writing your goals and desire outcomes down is only half the battle. To fully become faith-based, we must transform our thinking as well as our speaking.
Imagine trying to apply for your dream job if you’ve never visualized what your perfect work day looks like. How about that dream car? Wouldn’t you visualize yourself, hair blowing in the wind while driving down the street? The point I’m trying to make here is this, writing and visualizing helps you to realize just how possible your goal/desired outcome is. I strongly believe…if you can dream it, you can do it.
While visualizing your goals and outcomes is important, saying it aloud helps to “put it in the atmosphere”. When you hear yourself say it, you are more likely to believe what you’ve said and ultimately bring it into reality.
Over the years, I’ve created a habit of writing my goals down and speaking to myself as if I’ve already accomplished that goal. Each day during my commute, I practice public speaking. At the beginning of my speech I always introduce myself as the corporate title I desire to have, as well as some of the accolades I wish to accomplish by the time I obtain that title.
By practicing this introduction and speech, I become more confident and driven to accomplish those things of which I speak. There are several scriptures that support these points and beliefs, which gives us our third and final step.
3. READ INSPIRATIONAL SCRIPTURES.
There are several scriptures surrounding faith and how to make worrying a thing of the past. Studying scriptures may seem like a task, but once you’ve committed yourself to it, you will find that it is rather easy, beneficial, and dare I say….enjoyable. Reading scripture, just like Journaling, has become a part of my daily life, and each help me to live a stronger faith-based life.
Many of life’s situations are out of our control, and rather than blindly hoping for the best, we can have faith and peace in knowing that ALL things work together for our good when we trust God to handle our situations. Our part is to simply be positive and believe we will be alright. So, go to bed tonight and rest well. Another sleepless night will not magically fix your problems. Sometimes the answer is to simply smile and let go!
Helpful Scripture Passages
Here are a few scriptures to help encourage you and to motivate you to keep pressing through, regardless of the circumstances you’re faced with:
Encouraging Bible Scriptures
Habakkuk 2:2 “Then the LORD replied: Write down the revelation and make it plain
on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”
Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”
Mark 11:22-24 “And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Matthew 21:22 “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
Andre D. Lee is a Project Manager and Creative Entrepreneur. He began his career in 2010 in Business Administration and Brand Ambassadorship for small businesses and musical artists in the Chicago and Indianapolis areas. He is the founder of 61Keyz Media, a music performance, production, and management company. In 2018 he also founded ADNC Consulting Group, a business management and consulting firm for creative entrepreneurs. I am also the President of Write Mind and Personal Brand Manager for Andriea Denise. Though the majority of his work is administrative, his passion lies in inspirational writing and speaking.