Righteousness- Purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the divine law.
Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
Apostle Paul, Letter to the Romans
It would seem that hardships and failings are close to all of us throughout our day-to-day lives. We need kindness from each other, to help each other through these hardships and sufferings. I am convinced that we need to find ways for our present relationships to go deeper into the realms of where fear and holding back - give way to full-on trust and fearless living. There lies close-at-hand the possibility for a relationship with God, and with the people that we share our lives, relationship that is more alive if we want it.
There seems to be something about allowing our troubles to lead us towards trust. Think about what you fear most. For me I am afraid of losing the ability to provide for my family, running out of money, losing the house...living destitute...So I work hard to make sure there is always enough money to pay for everything. We sometimes see our bank account fatten up and we feel more safe. We watch it dwindle down and we fear going broke. This has been a struggle we have lived with for all the years of our marriage, and all the while it has pushed this question of trust front and center. Do I really trust God to take care of me when the horizon gets dark? Do I?
Faith by it's very nature, is trusting in something you cannot see. It is about a daily life of making decisions based on what you feel in the deepest place of your heart is right at that time. These decisions have a way of shaping a life over the years. The good news is every day is a new beginning, another chance to get back in touch with that still small voice of God that wants to lead you into a life that is more truly free and alive.