When I was young, I remember my dad walking around and saying the verse, “If you have the faith the size of only a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain… move over there, and it would move.” The distinction that he used to tell me about was that he was talking about the faith in things that others see as impossible. It wasn’t so much that I would grow up to bark orders at mountains, but more that I would be able to move mountains of resistance by having faith in the unseen.
Faith is what helps us get up in the morning and work hard all day. It is what compels us to try new things that nobody else has ever tried. Faith is knowing that things will be okay even when it doesn’t seem like it in the present. It isn’t a trust in others that will get us there. It is faith, and only faith that makes the difference.
My wife and I have done a lot of outdoor adventure over the years. In 1995, when I was getting certified to be a team-building and ropes course facilitator, she was at the camp with me. One of the elements was the “Challenge Pole.” The gentleman that named this element promptly renamed it after the first time he completed it. He changed the name to the “Pamper Pole” because he needed pampers after he was done. This particular element is a telephone pole that sticks out of the ground a good 30 feet. You climb to the top of it with the handles that have been inserted into the sides of the poles, while being attached to a safety rope. When you get to the top, you climb all the way on to the top and stand up. You then look out in front of you, about 7 feet away, and see a brass ring in a break-away attachment. This represents the goals that you have in life. The day that I went up the pole, I drew the smallest primary belay person going through the program to be with me. She weighed less than 100 pounds, and I weighed, well, more than that by quite a bit. When I got to the top of the pole and stood up, soaking in the beauty of the mountains around me, and embracing the gravity (pun intended) of the situation that I had chosen to be in, I had to slow down and breathe. My words of wisdom, before I jumped, were, “Trust is believing that your team will catch you, but faith is jumping to prove it.” Renae also did the challenge pole. She also did have some words of wisdom, but…. I will let her tell you what those words ended up being. J
In life, we can’t live with the simple trust that things will be alright. We have to live with the faith that there is a plan and that we are going to be alright. So, on Day 11, spend your day remembering to have faith in the possibility of the future. When you have faith in your future, you can’t help but smile. Smile in the knowledge that your future can be anything that you want it to be. Know that you going to be good.
Have faith! To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.