(In Reason to Believe,, Bruce Springsteen sings, At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe. What’s your reason to believe?)
Believe in what? This one could go all over the map, it seems to me. People believe in a lot of stuff that’s just nonsense. We believe today that the earth is round, but people believed that it was flat for a very long time. Today we believe that it’s healthy to take a daily bath, but there was a time when it was considered extremely unhealthy, and I read somewhere that there is still a law on the books in Indiana that it’s illegal to take a bath in the cold months. One of the most interesting and hilarious searches you can do it “silly laws still on the books.”
Anyway, back to my topic. What do I have reason to believe?
I believe my husband loves me. He’s still with me after nearly 45 years. He still seems to enjoy my company, and he takes very good care of me all the time. Sometimes we grump at each other, but that’s no big deal. Just life.
I believe my children love me. Some live very far away, but we always look forward to being together.
I believe my grandchildren love me. I love them. I love their hugs.
I believe the work I do is important and necessary. I believe I’ve been able to help people to a better way of thinking and sometimes to a deeper faith in God.
And that takes me to my main belief. I believe in God. I believe in His Son, Jesus Christ. I believe that God loves me and knows me; that He is concerned with every detail of my life. I believe that because His Son died and rose again, that I have eternal life in heaven. I trusted Him as my Savior when I was just a little girl, and I know He has walked through my life with me.
What’s my reason to believe? Faith is a hard thing to define, and I’m not going to try to come up with anything new. The Bible says that faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things unseen (Hebrews 11:1). I’ve never seen God, but I’ve seen Him working in my life, and in the lives of my family members and friends.
I can tell you only that my reason to believe is with me every morning, every evening, all day long. God is as real to me as my husband is. And that is all I need.