What is faith?
Faith is defined as confidence or trust in a person or thing or a belief that is not based on proof. A belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit. And, an obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.
Synonyms for faith would be allegiance, commitment, confidence, devotion, belief, or hope.
Faith is similar to hope. Faith and hope are said to be complementary. Faith might be grounded in the reality of the past; while hope is wishing or believing in the possibility of the future. A loved one might say to you, “I promise to give you my car.” Based on the experience of your past and your relationship with your loved one, you have faith that your loved one speaks the truth and you will receive what has been promised. Faith is different than hope. Hope is what you believe or wish that the gift will bring.
When you think of the word faith, what goes through your mind?
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”
“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”
“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead, you relax, and float.”
~Alan Wilson Watts
“You’ve got to have faith in what you’re doing and not take no for an answer.”
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.”
“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”