Cortlyn's the girl who reminds you of sunshine, lives and breathes coffee dates, wakes up early and makes you want to do the same, and asks more questions than you can comprehend. She's my best friend, and the best role model. Thank you, Cortlyn, for this Faith Friday!
Here’s the thing: When Liz asked me to write about the definition of Faith, at first, I thought to myself, “oh this will be easy peasy lemon squeezy.” To me who thought that I say this, “HA!” I spend days thinking on what truly IS faith. Truth be told, I don’t have one single definition that can efficiently sum up the word “faith.” Instead, I have a few words that can only try to describe faith. Faith is indefinable. Being our human self, we can but only throw around synonyms that attempt to define faith.
Synonym One: Unique.
Faith is unique- unique to each and every individual. People come to faith from all different backgrounds. To some, faith is something they grew up on. To others, faith is something that saved them. Faith is a destination, however, there are multiple different paths and back roads to reach this endpoint. When I say endpoint, I don’t mean once you reach faith, your life stops. (NO!) Instead, your life begins. It’s the end of your old life and the beginning of your new life. Keep in mind, there is no required “look” to have faith. You don’t have to be the typical Chaco rockin’, flannel wearin’, Eno chillin’ Christian. All you need to do is accept God and let faith guide you off the path you came from onto the path God has paved out for you.
Synonym Two: Home
Faith is a home- a place to find comfort. As a college student, we are taken out of our daily comforts of home and thrown into a world of new and uncomfortable situations. We no longer have our mother or father to do our laundry, fix us meals, or better yet force us to go to church. This being said, we are given the opportunity to find God on our own. We learn to find comfort in God and allow him to take home in our hearts. Often times in college, you are faced with a whole new set of temptations. NEWS FLASH: WE SIN. (Surprise!) We mess up. We fall short of the glory of God, however, we can find comfort in God. Although we sin, we can look to the cross and know that God has forgiven us. Disclaimer: this does not mean we have a free passageway to sin. Living in sin is miserable. We mess up, we feel crappy, we begin to see ourselves as inadequate, however, once again, we can lookup at the cross and find comfort in knowing He is a forgiving God. As the devil knows your name but calls you by your sin, God knows your sin but calls you by your name. Plant a home in God’s heart and let God plant a home in yours.
Synonym Three: Mutual
Faith is not a junior high relationship, where one person puts in more effort than the other. Faith needs and must be a mutual relationship. I once heard a quote, “God will lead you where he wants you to be, but you have to talk to him daily to see where he wants you to go. The key is prayer.” We cannot be a lukewarm Christian. Well, we can, however, we will never experience the fullness of God, if so. Revelation 3: 15-16 states, “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” We must do life with Jesus. Jesus should not be a part of YOUR life, but rather you be a part of HIS life. Be in complete submission to God. Live in Him. Pray to him. Walk life knowing God is walking right beside you. Pray to him about everything. Heck, pray that you get a free coffee that day. Point is: let God be a part of every aspect of your life no matter how little or how large. Communication is key in any relationship. Therefore, communicate with God daily.
Remember: My words cannot, even in the most minutest way, describe faith. We can’t define faith, however we do have the option for faith to define us. I highly suggest you consider it!
-Hugs & Kisses, Cortlyn Bates