Positive Faith is Personal

    Positive faith has no grandchildren. It can’t be inherited.  Nor is it a commodity that can be borrowed or stolen. The call to board this train to positive faith included us all, but we made the decision individually to take the trip. It’s as if God, the conductor of the faith train stood on the steps of the train, leaned out, and called, “All aboard.” And then, strangely enough, He stepped down from the train, moved among the crowd and personally offered each one of us a ticket.

Suppose you had said, “Oh no, I’m afraid of trains.” Or “I can’t possibly go. I’ve never left home before.” Or “I have no idea where this train will take me.” Or “I’m too busy—maybe another time.” Or “The seats don’t look very comfortable and there are no private compartments.”

I’m so glad you didn’t use any of those excuses. You’ve boarded the train to positive faith, and although it was a personal choice we each made, we’re on this trip together.  Somehow, that’s comforting for me.  I hope it is for you, as well.

    I’ve heard the scenery is spectacular and the air exhilarating.  Those who’ve taken the trip before said the ride sometimes feels like a roller coaster.  Did you look at your ticket?  Notice it says, “Trust Me.  Safety and satisfaction guaranteed.”

Since God invited us to take this journey to positive faith, we can be sure He wants us to get the very most out of it.  As our tour guide, He will make sure we hit the highlights along the way, but He also wants us to experience the beauty of seeing the sights in a way we’ve never seen before.      

Are you packed?  Let’s check our bags to make sure we have everything we need, individually and as traveling companions.                                                          

  • Reading Material – “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  Psalm 119:105
  •  High Expectations – “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  Jeremiah 33:3
  • Healthy Snacks – “Listen, listen to me and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.”  Isaiah 55:2b
  • Manners – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:32
  • Change of Clothes – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”  Colossians 3:12
  • Traveling Insurance – “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.  Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”  Psalm 5:11                                                           

Friends, the train is leaving the station.  I hear a song comin’ on.  Sing it with me!

                                                                   

Oh! We ain’t got a barrel of money;                                                                                                                                                                                                 Maybe we’re ragged and funny.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 But we travel along, singing a song,                                                                                                                                                                                               Side by side

We don’t know what’s coming tomorrow;
Maybe it’s trouble and sorrow,
But we’ll travel along, sharin’ our load,
Side by side.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (Side by Side, Gus Kahn and Harry MacGregor Woods, 1927)

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3 Responses to “Positive Faith is Personal”
  1. Toni Williams says:

    Soooo thankful I’m on the train with you, my dear friend! I’ll be humming that song all day! :)) Love you, Toni

  2. harriett salley says:

    I love trips! You are a wonderful tourgiude for God! I’m ready, willing grateful! Love Harriett

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