Pure, Strong Willed Faith

Jeff - Fort Ann, New York
Entered on August 6, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Pure, Strong Willed Faith.

Do you know what faith is? It’s not an easy thing to understand…after all; believing in what you cannot see is extremely hard.

I believe in faith. Pure, strong willed faith. Personally, I believe in faith in God. I believe in a living breathing deity who protects me. I believe in the saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ, in the fact that He died for me, in the cover of His sacrifice, He became a living and breathing shield to me. He became my all in all. My life now revolves around Him and around Him alone. He is my shelter and will calm me in all of my weaknesses eternally. But if you choose not to believe in God, it’s still important to have faith in something. My faith in God has led to the loss of many fears that I have.

Fear has almost been completely eliminated in my life. I was afraid of moving throughout my house at night. I only had this fear after everyone was asleep. My fear enveloped me so much and became so great in my life that I was not even able to meander down my hallway.

I should explain what my hallway looks like. At one end of the hallway there is a bookcase that runs from the floor to the ceiling. There are also bedrooms at that end. On the other end it opens to other rooms. The living room and kitchen are combined to the hallway. In the living room is a large bay window. Outside is a sixty foot tall evergreen tree, there is also a light that is just like a street lamp outside in the driveway.

I was afraid of the shadows. The shadows are created by the light through the tree branches. The shadows would be cast into the room onto the floor. They would dance along the floor. I would have a fear of the shadows. Fear was what my life was running from and my faith saved me from that. The shadow, the shadow only fed my fear. My saving faith covered me, sheltered me from my own fears and doubts, and hid me from my own self-created, over exaggerated fears.

Another thing that I conquered was fears of what other people would, or rather do, think of me. I do not let it bother me at all. In fact it seems to roll off of me. Nothing that anyone says touches me. As a result I have been able to remain happy. As a result, I have no fear…no fear because of my faith, my strong willed, deep-rooted faith. Like I said, I believe in faith. And it has changed my life.