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Reminders: Faith Requires Different Vision

Reminders: 2 Corinthians 5:7 | Eclectic Affinity #write31days

Faith is the evidence of things unseen. Below the surface of what was visible, we were learning to trust God in bigger ways than we had before. I think of a quote by C.S. Lewis regarding faith.


God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t.” — C.S. Lewis


There’s another quote I see online from time to time that says that faith isn’t believing that God can; it’s knowing that He will. For as much as I don’t want to squabble over semantics, when I read that I can’t help but think how faith and knowing aren’t the same thing. They’re actually mutually exclusive things. If I knew something—in the sense of having concrete knowledge of a thing—it’s no longer faith because it’s knowledge. For as much as any one of us can know that God saves, that God is for us, that there’s an eternity God has for us, we don’t know it for knowledge sake; we believe it through faith.

Before and also within the duration of that waiting for that major move, I’d started a business. It was in part motivated by the idea that I could earn money in this way, but it was also to gain experience in my field by hiring myself. I knew I had a lot to learn within the industry. In a recession that seemed to require multiple years of bankable experience to gain entry, I saw that I kind of had three options—continue to beat down a door that wasn’t opening, take any random job (but gain negative equity in the necessary “related experience” portion of my resume), or do something really bold. After praying about it and talking it over, we opted for option three. Option one was fruitless. Option two wasn’t forward thinking, and it would have placed my career path (and our future financial outlook) on a broken record. (More than that, all too many businesses won’t hire you if they consider you to be overqualified enough as to not stay long. For some companies, that’s simply a part of their policy—no matter how badly you need the work.) Option three, though risky, seemed the most viable even if it had risks. Thing is though, everything has risks. Walking out your front door has risks. Risk is unavoidable if you’re really living. A person can, with good intentions, waste years in pursuit of money alone and completely miss something far more valuable. We took a leap of faith.

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Jacquelyn Arends

Graphic designer + Illustrator + Entrepreneur // Owner of Charm Design Studio; blogging at Eclectic Affinity

  • Maria Davis

    Love all of your printables!

    October 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm

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