Faith = Hope + Action

I used to be the guy who took life as it came. I was proud of my ability to turn a negative situation into a positive one. I was the guys who was great at handling what came at me, a professional reactor to life’s curveballs. “Everything will work out in the end,” I would say.

I was making a choice to react instead of act.

Reacting feels easier because you can blame failure on an outside factor. The dirty secret is reacting won’t lead to fulfillment. You don’t actually go anywhere if you choose to react.

The difference between hope and faith.

In order to have faith, you must put action behind it. Otherwise you are merely hoping.

If you hope you will get a new job, you are waiting for a new job to come to you.

If you have faith you will get a new job, you are actively pursuing job opportunities knowing one will work out.

If you are hoping a relationship will resolve, you are waiting for someone else to change.

If you have faith a relationship will resolve, you are actively working on changing yourself knowing you can make a difference in the other person.

Faith is stronger. It is action placed behind your hope.

Hope says…

Everything will work out in the end.

…and waits.

Faith says…

Everything will work out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out yet, it’s not the end.

…and then keeps working.