Henry Ford is remembered for an innovative idea that revolutionized efficiency. You may also remember him for his foundational message about success: “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, either way you are right.”
Faith is a cornerstone that we cannot overlook when we are aiming for the stars. It is both internal, in holding the firm belief that one will be successful, and external, in holding a firm belief in the existence of a power greater than us: God.
This is controversial for many people who will be quick to proclaim: “I won’t count on some imaginary genie in the sky to take care of me!” People have argued with me about God ever since I can remember. While they have been adamant that they owe no thanks to their creator, I have prayed, thanked, asked for help and strength, and thanked again. 10 times out of 10, God came through for me. So, today, I don’t need to engage in an argument about scripture. I know that there is something beyond me, because I have seen it manifest in my life. Do you want God to manifest in your life? If yes, stick around. If not, please do not attempt to disrupt my peace, and go on your way.
“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who do not believe, no proof is possible.” – Stuart Chase
God only helps those who help themselves, and those who are grateful. Does a hard life make a bitter man, or does a bitter man make a hard life? What came first, the chicken or the egg? I would wager to say that bitterness, while it may be the product of some difficulty, creates more misery and hardship in its wake. I’ve also learned that it is hard not to be bitter and miserable without the faith that there is something beyond our fragile humanity, and so the cycle of depression, the sense of lack, and the void in the chest deepens. Healing this pain begins and ends in one place: with God. Now you can call it the Universe, the Spirit, the Energy, the Beyond, Jehovah, Abba, Lord, Father, Hisous, Yahweh, Abana, God, Allah, Rab, or alien programmer for all I care. If you call a rose by any other name, it would smell as sweet.
The point is that it’s there, and that life is meaningless without it.
In my experience, my faith consistently contributes to luck generation and success in my life because it keeps 3 key things in line:
- I am generous and kind
- I do not despair
- I am grateful
The faith that I will survive any hurdle thrown my way keeps me from becoming bitter, angry, or afraid, thus sheltering me from bad luck.
This all comes down to the rule: what we think, we become. If I think I am modelled after a great and perfect God, or if I think I am just a happy meaningless accident, either way life will prove me right. So which choice do I make?
Which choice do you make?
I will place my bets on God.
And remember… we design our own luck!