Faith in Action

Posted by admin - Under: Belief in action, Christian faith, Faith, Faith in Action, Faith is a verb, Inspiration, Mark Beauvais

When you think of “Faith” what do you think of?

Most of us think of faith as something we believe in. Others as something we have or possess “Wow, she has really strong faith.”

Truth is, faith is not something we have. It is not intellectual belief. In its origin “faith” is a verb, not a noun, which is different than most of us think. The root word for faith is the Hebrew word “aman” (aleph-mem-nun). It is not a possession or even a character trait. It is a verb. It embodies whole-hearted confidence in action. So faith is an action. It is something we do vs. something we have. Or rather, it is confident belief, acted upon.

Examples come to our mind of people who were known for “having faith.” Abraham, the father of Israel, was known for his faith. Abraham was considered faithful for what he did. God asked him to go, and he went. In his case, his faith was shown in his obedience. Smart guy.

If you’re familiar with the bible, Hebrews Chapter 11 contains “The Faith Hall of Fame.” This is unofficial, of course, because the bible doesn’t call it that; it just lists several examples of those who showed inspiring faith. Although most relate “faith” to the spiritual realm, this is not intended as a religious discussion. Faith is not limited to that space. Examples of faith are all around us. When we drive, we have faith that others on the road will stop if the light is red, go when it’s green, stay in their lane, etc. Absent this, it would be chaos. We could cite many examples of things we take for granted each day that require faith to function – medicine, science, banking, government, currency and more.

When it comes to personal faith, most measure this by belief. Do you believe strongly enough in something or in yourself to see it manifest in your life? This concept has been greatly abused in religious, especially Christian circles. Beginning with “Seed Faith,” ghost-written for Oral Roberts, the “prosperity gospel” movement began in 1950’s American evangelical circles. If the right things didn’t happen for you, if you weren’t prosperous or “successful,” it was because you didn’t have enough faith. This is very dangerous and has led to much twisting of the truth. After all, the Pharisees believed such things.

When writing his inspired letter, James, leader of the church in Jerusalem and brother of Jesus, said this:

“Faith by itself, not accompanied by action is dead. I will show you my faith by what I do.” (my emphasis) James 2:17,18

Strong words! I doubt any of us want faith that is dead. Our “faith” is shown not with mere words, but with action. What we believe must show itself in what we do.

In a world where things gradually slip to more depraved standards all around us, I need to be a person of principle and action who stands up for what is right. If I don’t, no one will.

We are always teaching our children, “No matter what others do, as far as it is up to you, YOU need to do what’s right.” If we’re going to teach our children this, we need to do it ourselves. Otherwise, we’re hypocrites! I don’t want to be a hypocrite. Do you?

Make a decision today to show your faith in what you do, not just by what you believe or say. After all, Faith is an action!

[This is Part 1 of a 3-part series. Next, Part 2, Faith as a Gift]

Passion is Recession-Proof

Posted by admin - Under: Destiny, Dina Beauvais, Mark Beauvais, passion, pets, recession, recession-proof

What are you passionate about? By ‘passionate’ I mean things you love, things you are emotionally attached to, things you feel very strongly about and won’t compromise on.

When you look closely, people are passionate about some interesting things: hobbies, causes, sports teams, animals, TV programs, movies and books, among others.

Take animals for instance. Some people are passionate about protecting animals. Their passion ranges from endangered species to habitat protection. Others are concerned with animal cruelty, harmful testing or poor treatment.

Then there are pets: Many pet lovers are more passionate about their pets than their human relationships. They are emotionally attached to their pets, treating them like children. Where there is emotional attachment, passion is at play.

Family budgets may get tight, but they’ll find a way to feed and care for Mittens the cat or Max the dog. If one of them gets sick, they’re going to the Vet. Their food is on the grocery list. Their needs will be met.

I was intrigued by a friend’s recent story about the night they spent in the Animal Emergency Room for their cat who had become very sick. Many hours and $500 later, they brought the kitty home. This particular couple is feeling financial strain like many these days. She’s been looking for a new job for several months after being laid off earlier this year. His employment is stable but not very high paying. For them the $500 was a very unwelcome expense. But they spent it anyway because they love their cat.

If you love something, you don’t compromise on it. You just won’t. If you’re passionate about something, you won’t give it up. That’s why passion is recession-proof.

In the recession economy our country has experienced for the last 1-2 years, I’ve noticed an interesting fact PetSmart is hiring. PetCo is hiring. Pet Food Depot is busy. These companies are stable and growing. Sure, they’ve been affected by the economy, but they’re hiring from the executive offices down to the part-time stock clerk.

Why? Because people love their pets! They won’t compromise that passion.

Here are other examples: Kids’ sports, cable/satellite TV services, high-speed internet services, video games, music, fantasy sports and wireless communications services, to name just a few. Many other hobby and leisure activities could also be on the list. Granted the higher discretionary tip of each of these has seen some reductions, but overall these business segments are growing. Someone may be losing their house to foreclosure, but the last thing to go is their high-speed internet and cable TV connection! They’ve still got a cell phone and their kids are still playing Little League Baseball or AYSO Soccer! You get my point.

Passion rules! Where emotion is involved, recession is irrelevant. People don’t compromise what they’re passionate about. Passion trumps recession. This is why we teach that you must pursue your passions. Why? Because Passion Rules!

Next, we’ll discuss how ‘Passion is Recession-Proof’ for you in Part 2 of this blog.