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What Faith Can Do

What faith can do

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What Faith Can Do

I should have known that writing a book on faith stories would become a faith story in and of itself. I crossed over the 40,000 word mark this week (knowing that thousands of them will die at the hand of the executioner’s editor’s pen) with plenty of stories left to tell. I started Stories from the Roller Coaster with what I felt was a great outline and some significant stories to which others could relate within each chapter. I didn’t include an epilogue with the steps of faith that even writing the book would require. But I’ve added an epilogue. I had to.

Even When the Sky Is Falling

I rarely listen to the radio, mainly because the radio in my truck hasn’t worked in a couple of years. When I drive Mrs. Right’s car, though, I’ll listen. Over the last couple of months, Kutless’s “What Faith Can Do” joins me for my drive as often as not. Each time, I receive an extra jolt of motivation toward finishing my book. Faith stories are important. The faith stories of our past should lay the foundation for the faith stories of the present and future. That song came to life for me last week in some new and unexpected ways.

That’s why an epilogue made sense. I’m not writing this book in a vacuum. I’m still riding the roller coaster of faith. I have good days and bad days, days when I’m enjoying the ride and days when the world seems to turn upside down. Just last week, I had a most encouraging lunch appointment. A new friend, who didn’t know exactly what it is that I do for a living, looked at me wide-eyed just moments into our conversation and said, as if prophetically, “You’re going to help people tell their stories!” Yes, yes I am. After our conversation, he pulled out his checkbook and told me he wanted to support what I was doing with a check each month. The amount was not earth shattering. The encouragement of his belief in what God has me doing was stunning. I could not think straight for a couple of hours but just kept muttering, “Thank You, Lord.”

What faith can doThe very next day, my daughter watched helplessly as her car and many others floated around her school’s parking lot and I was reminded of what a roller coaster ride this faith journey is. God was good when a new friend got excited about what God was allowing me to do with my life and invested in my journey. And He was still good when water ruined everything in Big Sister’s car. (The jury’s still out on whether or not the car itself can be salvaged.)

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling.

–Kutless, “What Faith Can Do”

Silent Prayers Get Answered

One of the most important prayers I prayed when writing my first book, Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales), was for people to make the connection from my stories to their own stories. I know that in the grand scheme of history, my own stories are unimportant to most people. However, if I can use my stories to cause people to connect with the importance of their own stories and help them use those stories to pass values from one generation to the next, that’s an answered prayer.

I consider that prayer even more important in my faith stories book. I have some pretty interesting faith stories to share–even if I do say so myself–but I am not delusional enough to think that they will change the world or that they’re any more special than anyone else’s stories. They have, however, changed my world and the world of others who have walked through parts of my journey with me. If you are attempting to live a life of faith in God, you have stories of your own, no doubt. Those are the stories I want the book to connect you to much more than to my stories. And I want you to connect those stories with others to encourage them on their journeys.

Think about it. What stories of God’s work in your life have you kept far too bottled up? Maybe you won’t write a book about your experiences (and then again, maybe you will), and you certainly shouldn’t build your theology upon your experiences, but is it too much to ask to find a way to glorify God by sharing what He has done…again and again?

I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do.

–Kutless, “What Faith Can Do”

Broken Hearts Become Brand New

Maybe you’re struggling in your walk with the Lord today. Maybe you just don’t know if you can trust Him in what He’s leading you to do. I would encourage you to remember that nobody else has your best interests in mind like God does–not even yourself. I can only tell you that there’s a freedom on the other side of a step of faith that’s not bound up by circumstances. The very nature of a step of faith says that you will never experience that freedom unless you step out and let go.

When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can.

–Kutless, “What Faith Can Do”

Think about the high-risk, high-reward nature of a step of faith as you watch the video of “What Faith Can Do” and read the powerful lyrics that I’ve now passed on from my faith journey to yours.

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes
And make a new beginning

Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you’re stronger
Stronger than you know

Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason
For someone not to try

Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright

Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

Overcome the odds
You don’t have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That’s what faith can do

Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise

Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales) and Stories from the Roller Coaster. Subscribe to his email list for more values storying.

About Al Ainsworth

Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell. Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales), Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life), and Coach Dave: Season One. Subscribe to his email list for more values storying.

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