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Simple Faith

Updated on February 15, 2018

Every Moment Counts

How many of us know how to live and express our faith in simple, clearly understood ways each day? The small things we do can have a bigger impact in people's lives than the once in a lifetime opportunity that receives public acclaim. Simple faith is what God is looking for, not pretentious religious fervor. He desires a real and personal relationship in which He is involved in every moment of every day with us. How do we begin to live and breathe God’s presence in our life in every moment?


Keep it Simple

Matthew 11:28-30 (the Message)

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

I love the words: “unforced rhythms of grace.” We try too hard to get it right; we try to explain grace in our finite way of understanding and only end up confusing others and ourselves. We try to box our beliefs into a predictable, programmable, systematic form of thought and action, which only makes what we want to do seem forced and difficult. God want us to simply walk through each day to the unforced rhythms of grace. He wants our faith to flow out of our inner life. We cannot act authentically loving unless we have a loving heart.

The change has to come from within. That is why we have to come to God—so that he can change our thinking as we listen to his thoughts, and make us more loving as we experience his love for us. Through our personal relationship with him we can learn to love others and relate to them in the way Jesus would. This can not happen from the outside-in; it has to come from the inside-out. As we spend time with Jesus—being honest before him, sharing our deepest thoughts and feelings, and then listening to his response, listening to his heartbeat—we will be able to live out what he shows us. As we allow him into our deepest, hidden places, we will begin to experience his tender touch, his healing hand, and his life-giving words. In turn, we can then offer that kind of relationship to others who cross our path each day. The more we allow Jesus into our life, the more we will be able to live in the unforced rhythms of grace.

Start Small

Matthew 10:41-42 (the Message)

"Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God's messenger. Accepting someone's help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I've called you into, but don't be overwhelmed by it. It's best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won't lose out on a thing."

We tend to overcomplicate our lives and then wonder why everything is so hard. As we spend more time with Jesus, we will begin to learn that simple is better, less is more. What if in your life you only did one thing well? Would that not be worth more than doing a whole lot in frustration and defeat? When we come to Jesus with our life situation, he will bring focus and clarity and a step which we can take—usually a simple one that we have overlooked in our quest for the “bigger has to be better.”

Too often we skip the simple answer and race ahead to do this BIG thing for God. Jesus walked through his time on earth simply touching the lives that came across his path each day. He didn’t try to make it happen but was ready to show love as each opportunity came his way. That is a wonderful example for us to follow.

A Touch of Hope

We can also touch the lives of those who come across our path each day with the love of Jesus. And these “touches” don’t need to be big things to have big effect—a smile can change someone’s day from hopelessness to hope—“Someone noticed me, perhaps life is worth living!” A kind word can change a person’s feeling of worthlessness to a sense of acceptance. We may not see the inner struggle of the person we meet, but our random act of kindness will touch that inner pain and lighten their load and brighten their day, if only for a moment. Acting out in simple faith might also change their life forever.

So many of the small things make the biggest difference and it is something all of us can do. Every one of us can reach out to someone else in a small way. Our simple faith can make a big difference today.

© 2010 Flo Belanger

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    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      oceansnsunsets...thanks for stopping by. Yes, too many people think religion and not relationship and that's when they get caught up into legalism and that kills instead of gives life. I want people to experience life and joy (not killjoy!)

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      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      A very thoughtful and wonderful hub, FloBe! I agree that it is about relationship, not religion. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here on such an important topic, and sharing it in a way that so many may not have heard it before.

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Judicastro...I'm so glad you came by and joined in the conversation. I appreciate your encouragement! Blessings on you as well.

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      Judicastro 

      7 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      FloBe

      I stumbled upon your hubs tonight and I am so glad I did. You write what I believe so beautifully. It is truly that walking in love every day that changes the atomosphere of everywhere you go. Because where you go you bring Father with you and His presence brings hope.

      Love that you are sharing your talents with us, thank your husband for encouraging you to do so. Blessings!

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am so glad you found your way here, exjwlaurie, and thank God that it ministers to your heart. May you find encouragement for your day and joy as well!

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      exjwlaurie 

      8 years ago

      FloBe, this is the perfect message for me today.

      Thank you God for helping me to find it!

      It IS the small things that God observes and takes pleasure in. It IS the small things we do for others that sometimes have the greatest impact of all!

      Jesus didn't walk on water every day of the week. But he was loving and merciful and kind to everyone, every single day that he spent here on earth. And look at the impact he had, both then--and now!

      This is an inspired and loving hub FloBe, thank you for writing it! I am blessed for having read it!

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      So often we think we have to be something other than who we are to be accepted and it just doesn't work out. It is such a relief when we can let go of that burden and focus on being the best we can be instead--God can only meet us in our honesty.

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      DavePrice 

      8 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      So true so true - relationship trumps religion every time. Everyday faith - or in other words, be who you be so He can be who He be - loved it Flo

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you James, we are all learning.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      "Open the eyes of my heart, Lord . . . I want to see you!"

      Excellent Hub. You speak the truth. Thank you.

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for your words of encouragement, Quill, enjoy your trip!

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      "Quill" 

      8 years ago

      Hi Flobe... Love the way you put this "God doesn’t want us to get stuck in ritual. He wants us to love and help from a heart that is open to him and his leading".

      It is all about a personal relationship with Him and not religion, we have all found ourselves caught up in what man has created, programs, building funds etc and the focus comes off of Him.

      Excellent, well written and certainly a hubber I will follow along with.

      Blessings from (BC for the next week) then Alberta again.

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      quicksand 

      8 years ago

      Sure, God wants us to be ethical. :)

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      Powerful Pierre 

      8 years ago from Abbotsford BC

      Very well written article FloBe 1-4-3

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