Tuesday, October 16, 2012

True Faith

"We say things like, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,' and 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart.' Then we live and plan like we don't believe God even exists. We try to set our lives up so everything will be fine even if God doesn't come through. But true faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God's fidelity to His promises."
“Having faith often means doing what others see as crazy. Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.” Francis Chan in “Crazy Love”
A high-school student consumed with helping orphans in Haiti doesn’t make a lot of sense to most people. Moreover, a high-school student who hasn’t taken a single SAT or ACT and who has little interest in four years of independent college life seems abnormal. Having a strong desire to live in a third-world country without running water, eating rice and beans every day, and playing with dirty, sweaty little children all day for an entire month does NOT sound like the typical week at the beach most high school students celebrate at after graduation.

Yes, my life and dreams probably seem crazy to those around me. But I have faith that whatever God calls me to do with my life will bring more fulfillment than any of the pleasures this world has to offer. Some of my plans—such as seeing an orphanage built—will only work if God comes through. This is far greater than anything I could do on my own. It has been a real stretch for me to give control back over to God in the different aspects of this project, particularly finances. But God continues to show me that trusting in His provision and His plan for my life will bring true peace. He has overwhelmed me by His amazing provision thus far. In just a few short months, over $2,300 has been raised just by individuals who are willing to sponsor the project. Isn’t God awesome? I am so grateful for the ways He is stretching me in my faith!

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