Is your life amazing every second of every day? Do you see the light at the end of every single tunnel? Can you keep going at breakneck speed for the rest of your life?
Let’s be honest. The answer is no - for you and every other person who has ever walked on this planet. Some are better at being eternal optimists, but for the most part, many are just good at faking it . . . or living in denial. Pure denial.
There is plenty to drag us down.
There are the heavy things: unexpected job loss, a cancer diagnosis, separation or divorce, aging parents, financial failures, or the untimely death of a loved one.
And then there are those things that threaten to peck you to death like a chicken feasting on a yard full of grain. That person whose expectations you can never meet. The weather that ruined the vacation that was supposed to reboot and recharge you. The picky eaters you have to feed. Every. Single. Day. That coworker you swear was put on this earth to make you go mad. The feeling of being one step behind in everything that is happening around you.
In order to survive instead of crawling into a hole and throwing ourselves an awesome pity party, some of us have gotten pretty good at faking it. We are productive citizens. We succeed at intelligent conversations. We can go out with friends and appear that all is well. We can fake it ’til we make it, right? But faking it is exhausting.
There is a better way (and hey, we have this great t-shirt to remind you of it every time you wear it).
Faith it ‘til you make it.
Yes. So much, yes. Just reading that brings a sigh of relief, a breath of fresh air, a release.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see,” Hebrews 11:1. Where do you put your faith?
There is a great story in the Bible about Jesus and his disciples in a little storm (okay, a big storm). Those disciples were a little bit dense and had some trouble understanding what Jesus was doing.
Read the following excerpts:
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
“Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Matthew 8:22-25
In the following scenario, the disciples are in a boat in the middle of the lake and suddenly see Jesus walking toward them on the water:
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:28-31
Well, okay, then. Jesus calmed a squall. Jesus gave Peter the strength to walk on water. If he did that with them, he can do that with us. We can trust the One who can calm either the storm or the one in the storm.
Our fretting and striving are often in vain, and if we just rest, God will work out the details. If we believe that, we can successfully “faith it ‘til we make it.” So no more faking it. Be real. Be authentic. Share your struggles with your closest friends and with God. Then choose to have the faith to know that it will work out in the end, sometimes not the way we would have chosen, but always in a way that is good.
Heather Schmidt and Jodie Schmidt.