Fear and faith have something in common. They both ask us to believe something is going to happen that we cannot see. The difference between the two is that fear asks us to believe that something bad is going to happen, and faith asks us to believe that something good is going to show up.
Oftentimes, Robert (my partner) and I receive wonderful questions from our friends, clients and students like, “Robert & Charlotte, how do you both stay so young?”, “You both seem to be always happy and positive, how do you do that?”, “What are the secrets to your happy marriage?”, “What is your best practice of raising happy and confident children?” or “How do you maintain such a great work-life balance? The more I hear people asking us these questions, the more I start to ask myself, “Well, we must have done something right. What is it that make all these good things possible for us?” Sure we are not the most talented, skillful or educated. We too have challenges and setbacks like most people do. One day I decided to meditate on it, with the intention to share what we have and help others. “What is it that makes the difference?”, I asked before I got into my meditation. In my moment of stillness, I can hear one word, “Faith”.
I contemplate on this word “faith” after my mediation and I started to recall a few turning points in our lives, both good and not so good, and it is that “faith” within us that helped us overcome our barriers and propel us to rise higher. The more I thought about it, the more I realize how this one choice of “choosing from fear to faith” has brought us tremendous blessings, abundance, joy and prosperity in many areas of our lives.
Here’s what I believe to be true from our personal experience. Whatever we meditate on is going to manifest. If we dwell on negative and fearful thoughts, we are inviting them to turn into reality. The things we fear will come upon us. But if we choose to only pay attention to our positive and faithful thoughts, we are inviting good things and favors to show up in our lives. All through the day we have a lot of thoughts coming through our mind. Yet these thoughts are not reality. They can only become real if we give them enough attention. Sometimes our thoughts can deceive us too. We don’t need to agree with all of them. If our thoughts don’t serve us, simply ignore them. They don’t deserve any space in our mind. In order for us to live a happy and fulfilling life, we must switch our thinking from fear to faith. We must give attentions to our positive thoughts and stop dwelling on the negative ones. The more we can practice faithful thinking, the more we will allow the blessings to come into our lives.
Scripture says, “ For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (Timothy 1:7 NKJV)
May God bless you with abundant faith so you will continue to live you life to your fullest potential that God created you to be.