There’s a lot to be said about religion and beliefs. Sometimes they shore you up and sometimes they redefine who you are.
Or, they deconstruct what your purpose here on earth is for.
Faith is a choice. An apostle of Christ states it better than I do.
Elder Neil L. Andersen gave a talk at General Conference in October, 2015. Faith is Not by Chance, but by Choice. Give it a read or a listen.
There are so many options out there on what to believe and what to buy into. I’m a firm believer that what you believe doesn’t matter. It’s how you believe in it.
Now, before you get all crazy and offended – hear/read me out.
I know this Church is true. There’s no mistaking that. I’m not vague about my beliefs or even about the truthfulness of it. But does it work for everyone?
No. Not everyone is ready to hear the gospel of Christ. Some people are only ready to hear about Christ in some form or another. Some people aren’t even ready for that on their spiritual journey. And you know what? I don’t judge anyone for their beliefs.
But I hope everyone has some beliefs and they live up to them.
If you’re going to be a member of something – then BE A MEMBER.
How do you do that? Here are some ideas.
- Do the things that you’re supposed to do.
- Stand firm in your statements.
- Don’t straddle the fence.
- Work at maintaining your status or membership.
- Don’t give up.
What do all of those things have in common?
And here is how choosing to have faith is more important than being faithful.
Oh, look at that, another statement that’s going to raise some hackles.
We were given Agency – the right to choose according to our own will.
So, you come down here to Earth and you live your life and you say, oh, I think today I’m a Mormon (or whatever religion you choose). Are you going to ACT like a Mormon or are you going to BE a Mormon?
BEING is choosing to do everything that has been asked to the best of your ability.
ACTING is putting on the front and only giving it a viewable effort – meaning, only doing what looks good on paper.
BEING cannot be seen by others and shouldn’t be. It shouldn’t matter what others see in your efforts, because BEING is who you are. Practicing your faith becomes who you are. Because of the choice to practice faithfully.
ACTING means that around other people you don’t use the Lord’s name in vain, but at home, you drop that like seeds in the park. (Or something else that is against what you state to believe).
So to put it more simply – you either choose to be or you don’t.
Choosing to have faith means choosing to not look for the negative or not to seek out the naysayers.
Being faithful means you’ve already chosen to have faith and you’re choosing every day to have faith.
That first step, though, to have faith… that choice is one of the hardest to make.
But once you do, it’s like a light shines in the darkest corners. When you decide to approach your life with faith, your life becomes more positive.
Faith is a choice.
YOU have the choice.