So I couldn’t decide to post on forgiveness or faithfulness, because both are critical for me to live a joyful, successful life. Faithful, however, seems to jive with my theme a little better for the A to Zing fun, so Faithful it is.
Dictionary.com defines “Faithful” as such:
[feyth-fuhl] Show IPA
1. strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.
2. true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.
3. steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: faithful friends.
4. reliable, trusted, or believed.
5. adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful account; a faithful copy.
“Faith” is a trust or belief in something that is not based on proof. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:1 (NIV), “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
I think it would be fair to say that most people connect faith with Christianity. In that way, faith is what I live by. It is of all-importance to me. Without faith, I would have nothing.
But “Faithfulness” encompasses such a wider breadth of meaning.
Being faithful to someone is what makes a successful relationship.
Being faithful to one’s beliefs is what gives life its meaning.
Being faithful to my writing is what makes me so incredibly happy and feel successful. Writing is what sets my mind and heart free to explore the unknown. It’s what sorts out the complications life brings, helping them to make sense. Or at the very least, to better cope with them. It’s sticking with it, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health…
And it’s believing that after the storm of rejections and insecurities will come the calm and serenity that can only be felt by weathering the storm and not quitting.
Being faithful is not giving up. Ever. No matter what.
Today I will strive to be faithful to my loved ones, my God, and my writing.