This I Believe

H. - Napoleon, Ohio
Entered on December 11, 2007
Age Group: Under 18

My Road is My Faith

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1: 2-3

My belief stems from this scripture. My faith in God is the only way I have survived during many of my trials and tribulations. Every trying situation has tested my faith in ways that have pushed me to the limit, in ways where I wanted to mutilate every being in my immediate path. Then, I actually looked at the situation and prayed about the outcome. In time, all the aspects of the problem were taken care of because I used my faith and God had given me what I needed. At the end of every struggle, my faith developed into something I hold dear. Time after time of tears and struggles, my faith grew more powerful and gave me perseverance and hope.

Being seventeen years old, older generations look at me like I have no idea what the world is about, that I have everything easy. It is difficult because people look at me as though I’m a child; I have very little respect from anyone. After I turned seventeen, I used my entire savings to buy my car from my sister. What I didn’t realize was that I also had to pay for the title to be switched to my name, the license plates, and my first payment of insurance. Months later, I still owe my sister, and recently my car broke down, and, being unexpected, my mom had to pay for the repairs and now I also owe her. The tires on my car need replaced, my battery is weak, and three of the four shocks need replaced. I am living month to month. I have a steady paycheck, but, with all my debts and expenses in the back of my mind, my brain is in extreme disarray and completely chaotic. I need some support. My wall of faith is wavering, and I need someone to tell me everything will turn out okay, not to get used to the life I am dealing with now.

A couple days ago, I began looking at my situation. My payments cannot be taken care of right now. I understand that in time, I have to pay them with the money I am earning at work. I look forward to a day when I can cross one more item off my list. I know those days will come abundantly, but I also know they may take time. I have faith God will provide me with the strength and patience I need to make it through this. Faith, in itself, lifts all the weight off my shoulders. That’s one more objective crossed off my list, and it feels amazing.

H. Deming