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"Dare to be faithful"
Loving God usually isn't hard. But being loyal to Him can take courage.
I Started climbing the tall ladder. When I stopped near the top, my hands felt clammy and it was a little hard to breathe. But I knew I'd be all right. I let go of the ladder and fell backward—right into the waiting arms of friends. The fall was done as an exercise in trust for an acting class I was taking. It was a graphic lesson!
One evening I came across a startling statement that reminded me of this experience. It was this one: "Dare to be faithful to God and man" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany by Mrs. Eddy). I'd never thought of faith in terms of daring before, but the more I thought about the statement, the better it helped me to understand faith.
Sometimes we think of faith in God as something we either have or don't have. We may not often think about consciously cultivating such trust. The statement quoted above, however, shows the need to take an active role—even a courageous role—in being faithful. True faith is no weak, ignorant denial of reality, nor is it a superficial, affected piety. True faith is bold and requires spiritual strength and integrity because it often requires going against the generally accepted ways of society.
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Can Christianity be scientific?
Christian Science: human reasoning or spiritual understanding?
Grayce G. Young
We were used to praying
with contributions from Anna, Jesse
"Dare to be faithful"
Robin Jagel Berg
"Pressured? Let God govern." (part two)
Olga Chaffee with contributions from Laurie Haas, Dorothy Stoddart
Christianity "let out of the box"
Allison W. Phinney, Jr.
Surprised by God's love
Diane S. Staples
While I was visiting my daughter and her family several...
Jane W. Willis with contributions from Isolde Hathaway
I am deeply grateful for the many healings I have had through...
Scott Corydon Jenkins
I feel it might be helpful at this time to share some of my...
Colleen Opdenweyer with contributions from Albert E. Opdenweyer
Three months ago when I was playing outside Jeffery's house...
Nicholas Braman with contributions from Eleanor Braman
A few years ago, I found myself in a predicament
Pamela J. Sampson Bissell