I’ve been carrying a special coin for more than ten years. It’s inscribed with the famous quote, “All things are possible with faith.” It has a mustard seed in it. It’s a great reminder to hang in there; to have faith in today, tomorrow, your dreams, and more.
This morning I noticed I lost it. I didn’t worry about it, though, as I had faith I would find another. I went online and did.
But how many people lose their faith and then give up?
How many people have faith but don’t use it for anything?
Faith is tricky. Some people use it as a form of self-delusion. They use it as an excuse to not take any action.
They say they “have faith” they will get the money for the bills, or find the cure for their health issue, or stumble across the love of their life.
They sit and wait for the results.
After all, they “have faith.”
But faith without action can be self sabotage.
I’m all for having faith. I wrote an entire book about it.* I’m all for being relaxed about life and letting things you want appear. But I find they appear faster, and more reliably, if I move toward them.
For example, I have faith I’ll write an interesting blog post here for you today, even though I have no idea what I’m saying or going to say as I write this. But I am writing. I am doing, and in that doing, my faith will bring fruit.
I’m inviting you to have faith, and to use it as motivation to do something.
In other words, without faith, there’s little likelihood that you’ll do anything at all. You’ll sleep walk through life. You’ll go with whatever flow is presented to you. That’s okay if you’re willing to remain one of the walking dead. That’s fine if you’re content with the flow your life is currently in.
But what if you want more, or something different, or a smoother flow?
When you have faith, you are fortified internally to do something to make your dreams come true.
Faith gives you wind for your sails. When you have faith that you will attract the money you need, or the relationship you seek, you are positioned to take action to attract the results you expect.
But action is still needed.
I’ve been trying to understand why so many people are resistant to taking action. My hunch is they fear doing something they detest; or they fear the result — success or failure — of their actions.
But everything in life is action.
Even “non action” is a type of action. Prayer is an action. Meditating is an action. Imagery is an action. Action is not all digging ditches or taking out the garbage. Action can be small, like breathing, but usually is more intentional, like deep breathing to relax.
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” -Anatole France
Faith can help you take action. After all, the mustard seed’s coin says anything is possible with faith. I’ve often told audiences that a mustard seed has no doubt. It’s going to be mustard. It’s clear.
When you have that kind of faith, virtually anything really is possible for you.
Faith is only a delusion when you use it to replace action. Thinking faith will keep you dry in the rain isn’t smart. Take an umbrella and have faith it will keep you try.
Here’s one more example:
Mathew Dixon and I are currently in the studio recording new music for the follow-up album to our bestselling, “Aligning to Zero.” http://www.aligningtozero.info
When we are in the studio, we have no idea what we will record. We go in with the intention to create something as stunningly beautiful (or better) than “Aligning to Zero,” but that’s it. We don’t have songs or melodies or much more direction than that.
We have faith that music will come, because we are preparing to receive it.
We are acting. We are doing. We are available. We are in the studio. We have our guitars and mikes and software. And we are experimenting with ideas, feeling out what wants to appear.
But get this: We wouldn’t even go into the studio if we didn’t have faith that something would come to us by our action of going into the studio!
Faith comes first.
And the results so far have been spectacular. We are recording music so heavenly that I am in awe. To think that we had nothing (but faith), and then out of our allowing (and action), came inspiration.
It’s yet another miracle.
The same kind that is available to you, too.
Faith may only be delusional when you don’t actually do anything with it.
Have faith – and act.
I lost my faith coin today.
But my faith that I could get another one was right there.
I took action.
I have a new coin coming.
Where’s your faith?
Where’s your action?
PS – *My new book, Faith, will be available on February 15th. You can pre-order Faith online right now at http://www.amazon.com/Faith-Dr-Joe-Vitale/dp/1927005159/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357824279&sr=1-1&keywords=faith+joe+vitale