Today is Wednesday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational word of the day.
Faith (noun) 1) confidence or trust in a person or thing. 2) belief that is not based on proof. 3) an obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person.
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My husband was gone, flying off to Israel for a quick business trip, so it was just my son and I for Sunday night dinner this past weekend.
I had really had my hopes up that my husband wouldn’t have to leave because of all the really gnarly storms in the North East. His original flight had been cancelled and there was a very substantial chance he wouldn’t have to go at all. Until he did. So then he packed up and left on Sunday afternoon with the promise to be back by Wednesday lunch time.
Our son was at a roller-skating party and so that gave me a couple of hours to sulk and nap. Then I went for a really long walk in the fading afternoon light, with the snow twinkling in the pink glow of the disappearing sun.
After my walk, my son came home and we had dinner.
It was after dinner that I got the idea that I should pull one of the tags from my project (pictured above, click the link to read about it) and read it out loud. I pulled out the tag that says FAITH and asked my son if he knew what faith was.
He said “yeah, I know what it means, but I can’t describe it. Why don’t you tell me what it means?”
I told him “Faith isn’t a physical thing. It’s in the trust I feel for your Daddy. Trust that he will do the very best job he can to travel safely and quickly to come back home to us. Even though there was no way I could know for certain that he will be safe, I hve to have faith that God would keep him safe and he’ll be home by Wednesday.”
Then I asked him if he remembered the Big Bang Theory episode (called the “White Asparagus Triangulation” and after wasting almost a full hour searching for this part on YouTube, I can’t find it. aaarrrrrgh!!!!) where Leonard is dating this really cute, sweet doctor lady Stephanie and Sheldon won’t leave them alone. It seems that Sheldon really wants Leonard’s relationship to work out because their “landing party needs a Dr. MCoy“, so he continuously tries to encourage the relationship, but ends up being a major pain in the ass.
When Leonard confronts him, Sheldon replies “Well, if you go by all of your previous relationships, this one is doomed to fail.”
Leonard “Why would you say something like that?”
Sheldon replies “Just look at the raw data. Your first relationship ended after a couple of months because your girlfriend got sent back to South Korea. Your next relationship ended after a couple of weeks because your girlfriend Leslie just wanted to have her way with you. Your last relationship, with Penny, ended after just a couple of hours. For all rights and purposes, you shouldn’t even have a girlfriend. I’m doing everything I can to help you.”
So then I said, “Faith is what Leonard has when he feels hopeful that this relationship will work out. He doesn’t look at the relationship as something that is just going to fail. Just raw data. He looks at it with the trust that he and his girlfriend will love each other enough to make a healthy relationship. Instead of focusing his attention on the failures of his past relationships, (like Sheldon was doing) Leonard finds faith by looking toward the hope of having a good relationship with Stephanie, and being happy along the way.”
My son nodded his head like he completely understood what I meant and said “Okay, can I go watch TV now?”
I said sure.
I don’t want to over-do a good thing.
What do you think? How would you explain Faith?
I hope each and everyone of you has the very best Holiday Season!!!
p.s. My dear husband is back and safely wrapping Christmas presents in the bedroom! Yeah!