Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee. Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. Calvin and Hobbes. Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz. The Lone Ranger and Tonto. Batman and Robin. Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.
Pop culture’s most dynamic duos pair a hero with a sidekick—a close friend or assistant whose skill set or knowledge fills in the gaps where the hero falls short.
But sidekicks aren’t for pop culture alone. As we go through our daily lives, we can lean on a sidekick that will stick with us no matter what comes our way. One of the most trustworthy, reliable sidekicks we can choose is faith.
Faith, or the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1), helps ordinary men and women accomplish amazing feats by giving them the hope to move forward even when they don’t know the outcome. It helps them to act with power, knowing that God will come to their aid and help them make the best of any situation.
Here are three ways you can make faith your sidekick:
- Let faith have your back. Sidekicks loyally journey with the hero through any and all of life’s challenges, never wavering from their commitment to the hero’s cause. We can rely on faith to always be there for us, arming us with extra power to tackle any challenge.
- Let faith offer a voice of reason, hope, and warning. Sidekicks give much-needed ideas with their different perspective on life, and they willingly place themselves in harm’s way to protect the hero. Faith can give us the hope that there’s more to our situation than we can see, and it can either encourage us to keep moving forward, or it can help us see dangers that lie in our path through trusting our intuition or instincts.
- Let faith be your best friend. Sidekicks know their heroes better than anyone—strengths, weaknesses, histories, and hearts. God has known us from our beginnings, and He knows our hearts better than anyone. As we trust Him in faith, we can know we’re never alone, and we can see ourselves through God’s eyes.
No matter how tough the trials in front of us seem, faith will always be there to give us the extra courage and wisdom to carry on.