Faith isn’t faith until Jesus is all you’re holding onto.
I didn’t think I had much left.
I was past my prime.
I’m not talking about my age.
I’m speaking in Marlon Brando-esque language. I’m talking about time and opportunity.
“I coulda been a contender.”
A contender for what? you ask.
I wasn’t exactly sure.
God created us for a purpose, of course I know.
But, was I living my life the way He intended?
Sometimes, when you’ve run the course as best you can, you may end up at a place that feels dry and bare of creativity or insight.
You may feel tired.
You may feel ordinary.
Don’t be alarmed. The truth is your faith in Jesus holds extraordinary value to Him.
A Series of Letters
Before Faith Barista blog began, I reached a point in my life when I wasn’t sure what it was God wanted me to do. I’m not talking about the everyday stuff, like putting gas in your car, buying just enough bananas for the week or even doing what it takes to pay the bills.
I’m talking about the what-is-God’s-purpose-for-my-life type enigmas.
As I entered into a weekend alone with God for “whitespace“, I decided to write Jesus a series of letters. It didn’t start out that way. I signed myself up for a women’s retreat at a church I didn’t even belong to, held at a very attractive beach side location. I registered last minute for the purpose of desperately needing rest and sleep.
It turns out it wasn’t just physical rest that I needed. I was in deficit of spiritual rest.
I needed relief from —
Too many questions and not enough answers.
Feeling trapped by the pressure of inaction, yet at loss with what to do next.
Doing too much and not enough.
Nestled in the sand, writing against the sound of waves creeping up on the shore, I made my case to my captive Audience of One.
At points along the way, I dropped my pen so that my tears, and then my silence would carry the conversation.
All I Had Left
During those hidden moments of ordinary me, God spoke.
One thing was undeniable.
Faith in Jesus was all I had left.
Faith in Jesus was all that I needed.
If you feel faith is all you have left — among the plans that go off-script and dreams that grow out of reach — you have more than you may believe.
It doesn’t matter how small our faith is.
It doesn’t matter how little of it we have to give.
What matters is that we use whatever faith we have.
Use all of it —
To change what we can.
To let go of what we can’t.
To fall down.
To get back up.
To start again.
To believe God is faithful to finish the work He’s begun in you.
When you feel threatened you may not live up to all God has for you, remind yourself of this:
Our faith is worth far more to Him than what we can do or what others may see.
I am reminded of this by Jesus in Mark 12:41-44. When wealthy people were dropping rolls of hundred dollar bills into the temple’s offering box, Jesus noticed a widow who just slipped in one cent.
Jesus said that she was the one who gave the most, because she gave away all that she had.
The life we are living right now holds extraordinary value to God, when all we are holding onto is our faith in Him.
As for those letters? God was faithful to answer them that weekend. His letters are all about faith and they are still being written. Here at Faith Barista is where I share them with you.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God,
because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists
and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
~ Hebrews 11:6
How is God encouraging you in your faith?
July is the month before Faith Barista’s birthday! To countdown, our theme this month reflects the heart of Faith Barista: keeping faith fresh.
*** NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN — FAITH BARISTA JAM! ***
Faith Barista Jam Thursdays — I serve up a topic of faith, you write the post. Let’s encourage each other. Add your voice. Swap our stories.
This Thursday’s Topic 7/7:
Here’s the topic: What God has been saying to me in my “whitespace”.
For those new to Faith Barista, “whitespace” is what I call my alone time with God. Click here to read about whitespace.
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Next Thurday’s Topic 7/14:
Here’s the topic: Pick a verse that includes the word “faith” and let it inspire you to share a post.
Approach it any way you feel inspired!
Only required ingredient: keep it real. Thanks for serving your personal brews!
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