I believe in God.
I mean that to say that I believe that there is a God. That God is God AND that I believe in his abilities.
He is able to do all, and I believe he loves to work in us and through us to accomplish great things.
I love to read Christian motivational books and biographies. I enjoy learning about people who have overcome the odds and ended up accomplishing great things for God's kingdom.
I love to sit back and watch how he has worked - or while he is at work - in someone's life. And, I can look back on the promises of God and believe those for people. That he will use them for good and that they will be blessed beyond measure.
When I chat with someone and they share their dreams for their future, I love to encourage them. Not just because it's the nice thing to do, but because I truly believe they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. I like to sit and listen to them work through their ideas or their doubts. I love to help them find that place within them that's willing to fight for what they want, and I like to help them build that little mustard seed of faith.
I love it! And I believe... for them.
When it comes to me, it's a completely different story. I read the books and believe the words for other people - not me.
For some reason, I'm still in that place of "God does that in other people's lives but not mine."
"Why would he?"
I hear this is common - that's it's easier to believe in big things for others than for ourselves. I'm curious to know why that is. Believe me, I've racked my brain to try and figure it all out - why I think the way that I do. All to no avail.
I haven't been able to conquer that part of my brain. That part that doubts that I can be used by anyone, let alone God.
I suppose the next step question would be, if we have a hard time believing in those promises for ourselves, does that make God less likely to use us?
What about you? Where do you stand? Do you live out the promises of God in full faith that he can and does work through you? If so, how do you get to that place? I'd love for you to share your thoughts in the comments. Help the rest of us not only have faith for others - but for what God will do through us.