Having faith doesn’t mean we are going to get exactly what we want exactly when we want it. That would be sweet, but it doesn’t normally work like that. Having faith also means having patience: (patience in a rough or scary situation, patience with an irritating coworker or a struggling friend, and sometimes even patience with ourselves and our faults.) The good part about patience? What we learn from the journey can be more rewarding than we ever imagined.
Once we’ve made the decision to have faith, we need to stay committed and hold on to our beliefs no matter what. The very definition of perseverance is: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. Persevering can be a hard thing to do, especially when our faith is being tested. We just need to remember why we chose to have faith in the first place and recognize the good it has added to our lives.
Ok, so say we have patience and are persevering and all that, but nothing’s happening. Now what? This is the time that can make or break our faith. One of the most difficult parts of faith can be staying positive, especially when we’re doing our best but still not seeing any kind of reward. But keeping our chin up is a great way to show that we truly have faith. Our commitment to staying positive can be a shining example to others as they cultivate their own faith.