“Faith makes things possible, not easy.” – Author Unknown
I’ve been treating my faith like an ignored friend lately. Finding the energy to make it a priority has been a struggle. But like a good friend, it is waiting patiently and refuses to leave me because my faith knows how much I need it.
The things that have inspired me in the past now feel dull. Writing, helping others and working out has been more of a chore than a pleasure.
Simply and honestly put, I’ve been depressed.
It’s ironic how someone who writes about positive change, encouragement and kindness has not paid attention to his own words. But I guess that’s the effect depression can have.
My life has felt like it’s been limping along. Important decisions are in front of me; but the right answers aren’t clear. My physical health has been a challenge as well. Beginning with a suspicious spot that had to be removed, to an infection that has left a persistent ringing in my ear, to spraining my arm has all left me limping in the physical sense, too.
Nothing has felt right – mind, body or spirit.
Then came an unexpected Aha! moment. I looked in the mirror and saw an aging, unhappy man glaring back. I barley recognized this person with the sunken eyes and lifeless face. The things I was holding on to – anxiety, anger and regret had left me faithless. And when I lose my faith, I fall hard.
Sometimes the simple path to faith is created when I stop blaming my unhappiness on what’s happening to me. The path becomes even wider when I turn away from self-pity and remember there’s a reason I’m alive.
I’m able to rediscover my faith when I hold on to the belief there are no accidents without value. What’s happening right now isn’t a punishment; it’s a lesson. My faith begins to swell larger when I recognize I’m not being victimized – I’m just being challenged to stay the course.
And in that challenge are nuggets of truth that will serve to make my mind, body and spirit stronger.
I feel my faith returning. Thank you, my friend, for coming back. I’ve missed you.
What is A Simple Path?
This post is in A Simple Path, a series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.