PONDER on THIS for Thursday, October 20th, 2011 by John St. Augustine in LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE

“Most of us go through life afraid – and with good reason. We are shown images every single day that validate our suspicion that the world is a place to be feared!…We have programmed ourselves into a constant state of fear, which contributes very little to living an uncommon life. Faith is the only antidote I know of for “fear overdose.” Faith has many definitions: belief in a force greater than oneself, fidelity to one’s promises, and a strong belief or conviction.

I am partial to St. Augustine’s view of faith: to believe what you do not see. The reward of this faith is to see what you believe. In order to fear something, you have to believe in it. The same goes for faith. Essentially, you bring forth that on which you focus. If what we focus on expands, then it is possible that fear is nothing more than the opportunity to display faith. They are two sides of the same coin.”

John St. Augustine, in “Living an Uncommon Life”

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