This I Believe

Timothy - Lake Orion, Michigan
Entered on October 24, 2006
Age Group: 30 - 50
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I believe. I am a believer. This is what I believe.

I believe what is difficult to for many to believe. Indeed I believe what once I, myself, did not fully believe. And what is it I believe?

I believe that God exists. I believe that he is here with you and with me, right now. Right here. In fact, I believe He is inside of you just as he is inside of me. I believe he is in there, waiting, watching, hoping you’ll notice he’s there. Hoping to win over your heart.

I believe, despite years of wandering away from what I once believed as a child. Empty years. Lost years. I wandered in a proverbial desert of my own making — for decades! But then, miraculously, I began to believe again.

I began to believe even when so many told me that there is no reason to believe. They reason that there is no reason in believing. So they choose not to believe. Indeed their reason prevents them from believing. But somewhere deep inside, they want a reason to believe.

I believe that the yearning to believe is written on our very hearts. And I believe that it is not there by accident. How else, really, could we all yearn for the same thing? Both today and in all ages past.

I believe that the world desperately wants to believe. But in so many cases it is kept from believing because of disbelief. “Where’s the proof?”, the world demands.

I believe that proof is all around us. It is in the intricate beauty of everything in the world. It is in the vastness of the cosmos. It is in the very DNA of each of our cells. Is it really possible that this is all just some random accident? Is that what you believe?

If so, I believe those who say that the probability of your actually being here to listen to what I am saying is so infinitesimally small that it could never be happening if it were simply left up to random chance. So that means we are here, not by chance, but for a reason. And what is that reason?

I believe that reason is that we are all being called to believe. Each and every one of us. And, as throughout history, some will answer the call and others will turn away from it. But the call goes out to all of us. And it is up to each of us, individually, whether we will answer the call and believe.

This I believe. And I hope that you believe too. For faith – we are told — has the power to move mountains. The power to transform the world. Because by believing in God, we can become God for those around us. We can become his hands, his heart, his love. Through our belief in God, we enable him to act in us and through us – for the betterment of all humanity. And no matter what you believe, that’s a belief worth believing in!