It’s About Faith

I recently stumbled upon Jim Carrey’s 2014 Commencement speech at Maharishi University of Management. (Watch it here:

During his speech he encouraged the audience to “Take a chance on faith — not religion, but faith. Not hope, but faith. I don’t believe in hope. Hope is a beggar. Hope walks through the fire. Faith leaps over it.”

His words have stuck with me, circling in my head and heart for over a week now.

I wrote a blog a couple of months ago regarding hope, but now, I find myself challenged to re-evaluate how I live my day to day life.

How many times do we sit and hope for things?

  • We hope for a good life.
  • We hope to be successful.
  • We hope for a better world.

Hope is a feeling of expectation.

It is anxiously waiting for something to happen and can cause us to live in the past or the future. Hope doesn’t require action or involvement. We tend to sit back as we cross our fingers for a positive outcome.

Faith, on the other hand, causes us to act. When we live by faith, we have an internal “knowing” that allows us to commit and believe in the outcome entirely. Faith allows us to stay active and anchored in our journey not allowing the challenges or trials that come to veer us off course. Faith is knowing, either there will be ground to stand on, or we will learn to fly.

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

I can hope to be a published author one day, but no matter how many stars I wish on or prayers I pray, hope won’t make it happen.

Faith causes me to believe that as I pick up my pen and write, someday others will read my words.

Hope and faith relate to something unseen but to have faith is to believe in the outcome rather than wish for it.

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