This morning, while trying to pay attention in class (which, let me tell you, is significantly more difficult at 8:30am on a Saturday), my best friend texted me “I need your help.” Knowing her, she could’ve needed anything from a sweater from my closet or a ride to the emergency room. Today, she needed help analyzing a conversation between her and a boy she likes. Since I’m an expert on this subject, I happily obliged.
Lately, she’d been acting differently around him, because she didn’t know where they stood. She didn’t like the change in how she had been carrying herself, and she didn’t know what to do going forward. She felt stressed, confused, and lost.
I told her that the only thing she could do now was let it go, have some faith, and be herself; once she was able to be content with the way things were now, and be patient, everything would work out the way its supposed to.
If you’ve read my post about my birthday resolutions, then you’re probably aware that I resolved to be a more faithful person this year. In that post, I mentioned that I lost my job last October, and how my unexpected unemployment really took a toll on my self-confidence. I had never experienced anything like that before, and I didn’t know how to deal with it. After two months of holding onto my anger, I finally decided to take something one of my advisors had said to me to heart.
Holding onto negativity is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die.
I knew that I had to move on and have faith that everything would happen the way it was supposed to. As you may have read in my previous post, my firm offered me my job back the next day. I couldn’t believe that all I did was make a conscious effort to be more faithful, and everything worked out the way I hoped it would.
This past week, I had been anxious about something else happening in my life. I was placed in a situation that I didn’t know how to handle, and I wasn’t sure how to move forward. Then I thought about what had happened to me back in December. I let go of all my anxiety and focused my energy towards simply having faith. Not even two days later, the problem literally solved itself.
Some of you may be thinking that this type of instantaneous reward is unrealistic. Well, you’re right. A positive outlook isn’t enough. In order to truly be faithful, you have to completely set free everything you’re worrying about; and this definitely isn’t an easy thing to do. When you’re focusing on your anxiety about a certain problem, the last thing you think you’re going to be able to do is let it go. I won’t lie to you, it is a difficult thing to do. The backbone of faith is patience, and sometimes patience feels impossible to achieve – but its possible.
You can do anything with a little faith.
My best friend responded to my advice with “I’m screen-shotting this so I remember because that’s exactly what I need to do,” and I knew I had to share the importance of faith with you guys, too.
1 Peter 5:7.