So you say you have FAITH, huh?

We don’t always know what’s going to unfold next. In fact, we never REALLY know what’s going to happen next. Every human being on the planet has a need for certainty in their lives. If we didn’t have some degree of certainty that our water would turn on when we need it, or that our car will work when we need it, or that our money will be in our bank account when we need it, things can go crazy. Life – to be sustainable – needs some degree of certainty.

But, too much certainty can stunt our growth.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. As TDL grows, in order for us to keep growing and innovating, I have to take risks. And that is scary because my deep fear is that I will mess up or destroy what has been built so far. And that fear has held me back a lot, not just with TDL, but my life in general.

As I progress and gain more experience and learn about the different needs we humans have, I’ve been pondering this concept of certainty and where do we REALLY get certainty from? The verse “Faith without works is dead” comes to mind. This short little sentence is packed with A LOT of wisdom.

First, there is that very important and sometimes misunderstood word – FAITH. Faith in what? Well, this proverb comes from the Christian teaching, but I would like to expand it, slightly, here: Faith in anything that is a higher power. That could be an idea that is greater than you, or an inspired vision, The Uni-verse, or in yourself. We have to have Faith. Another word for Faith is Trust.

The byproduct of Faith and Trust is what? You guessed it – certainty. Bang.

All of a sudden this frees us up. It frees me up. Instead of getting certainty from what we think the outcome will be, or that we will get it perfectly perfect, we can have Faith in ourselves, in an idea, in a cause or in The Uni-verse and TRUST that we are being guided to the perfect solution and outcome. Faith isn’t a religious concept. It’s something that helps us step outside of our comfort zones and GROW.

Without that avid and passionate Faith and Trust in ourselves, in The Uni-verse, cause or vision – we are stagnant. Faith and Trust help us create a better life. It gives us hope that the future will be better than the present and that we CAN create it, no matter what our current circumstance is.

But – the other part of the proverb is “works”. Faith without “works” is dead. That means that just having Faith isn’t enough. And if you think about it, if we don’t act on our Faith and our Trust, then it’s safe to say that we don’t really have Faith in the first place. It can only be Faith and Trust if we don’t know the outcome and ACT anyway. Our actions PROVE that we have Faith and Trust. Otherwise, it’s just a mental construct.

One other thing… I believe the reverse of this proverb is also true. “Works without Faith is dead.” If all our action is based in fear and scarcity consciousness, we are not setting ourselves up for an awesome outcome. Just doing isn’t enough either. We must BELIEVE in something – ourselves, an idea, a cause or The Uni-verse. That belief in something greater than our fear helps put us on a magical kind of Path that begins to be FILLED with synchronicity.

Faith without works is dead – so let’s get busy acting on what we believe in and get certainty from our Faith that we are being guided perfectly.

Works without Faith is dead – let us no longer run the rat race. Let us put our actions towards something meaningful rather than just chasing our tails.

So – where can you have more Faith today? AND – what action can you take based on that Faith? If you say you have Faith, how can you prove it to yourself? Let me know, leave a comment on the BLOG and let’s discuss!

Love & trust,

Mastin

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Mastin Kipp is the CEO and Founder of The Daily Love. Follow him on Twitter here.

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  • Suza

    Great reminder, Mastin! Faith without works is dead…so true. Acting out of fear is no fun anyways. I’d rather live my life knowing that the Universe has my back and act accordingly. Thank you for the gentle memo 🙂

  • Suza

    Great reminder, Mastin! Faith without works is dead…so true. Acting out of fear is no fun anyways. I’d rather live my life knowing that the Universe has my back and act accordingly. Thank you for the gentle memo 🙂

  • TDL reader

    Today I picked up the phone and called a guy I was interested in. I knew he was interested in me but was too shy to do much so I mustered up the courage to do it. It’s so fear based to fear rejection, I mean I am selective who I make the effort for, but how are you going to get out of your comfort zone if you don’t try? I have TRUST that if this guy is not for me, then 100% I will meet many more men who have the potential to be and when the timing is right, I will meet someone I can work with who is right for me and visa versa. Stepping stones. No matter what age, size hair colour, lack of hair even, not stereotypically beautiful or whatever, there will always be someone out there who will find you interesting and be attracted to you over the most untypical and suprising things – sometimes the things we dislike about ourselves are usually what others like about us most. I have faith that things will work out and this post is a great reminder.

  • TDL reader

    Today I picked up the phone and called a guy I was interested in. I knew he was interested in me but was too shy to do much so I mustered up the courage to do it. It’s so fear based to fear rejection, I mean I am selective who I make the effort for, but how are you going to get out of your comfort zone if you don’t try? I have TRUST that if this guy is not for me, then 100% I will meet many more men who have the potential to be and when the timing is right, I will meet someone I can work with who is right for me and visa versa. Stepping stones. No matter what age, size hair colour, lack of hair even, not stereotypically beautiful or whatever, there will always be someone out there who will find you interesting and be attracted to you over the most untypical and suprising things – sometimes the things we dislike about ourselves are usually what others like about us most. I have faith that things will work out and this post is a great reminder.

  • Nory

    This is such a beautiful reminder to step out, trusting that our guides will not abandon us once they have dared us to act in Faith. It also reminds me of Anne Lamott who gently chides Christians that Faith’s opposite is not doubt; it is the certainty you name in your post that paralyses both right thought and right action. Blessings. 

  • Nory

    This is such a beautiful reminder to step out, trusting that our guides will not abandon us once they have dared us to act in Faith. It also reminds me of Anne Lamott who gently chides Christians that Faith’s opposite is not doubt; it is the certainty you name in your post that paralyses both right thought and right action. Blessings. 

  • I am feeling yah on this one Mastin.  I put myself behind your pen and I could definitely see scaring myself as well if I had as many people reading my blog, Butterfly Maiden. “Faith” with works is the key.  By reading TDL, I have been working more than ever and serendipities are abound. YOU know what to do! “Be courageous enough to be yourself, to follow God’s guidance even when it completely contradicts what the world has dictated is the RIGHT way to be.”  CInnamon Lofton.  YOU have created the platform and You are BIG enough to handle what comes with it.  GO Mastin, Go!  butterflymaiden7.blogspot.com/ 

  • I am feeling yah on this one Mastin.  I put myself behind your pen and I could definitely see scaring myself as well if I had as many people reading my blog, Butterfly Maiden. “Faith” with works is the key.  By reading TDL, I have been working more than ever and serendipities are abound. YOU know what to do! “Be courageous enough to be yourself, to follow God’s guidance even when it completely contradicts what the world has dictated is the RIGHT way to be.”  CInnamon Lofton.  YOU have created the platform and You are BIG enough to handle what comes with it.  GO Mastin, Go!  butterflymaiden7.blogspot.com/ 

  • Sonja

    Your daily blogs are so inspiring…thank you…I look forward to reading them every day!  I have been having a lot of tough times lately and your words seem to be just what I need to hear on a particularly tough day!

  • Sonja

    Your daily blogs are so inspiring…thank you…I look forward to reading them every day!  I have been having a lot of tough times lately and your words seem to be just what I need to hear on a particularly tough day!

  • Djbroox1

    I could use some more faith in the Universe to conspire on my behalf to help me make my dreams come true. Sometimes I give up on myself and the Universe when things seem really stagnant. I am in a career field I love but a job that I desperately need to move on from. I have been interviewing for some really great jobs within my field but haven’t secured any new job yet. I try to keep faith that if it’s the right fit, it will happen for me and if it’s not, there’s something right around the corner for me. Ultimately I want to write a book, have a private therapy practice, and do public speaking. I am trying to keep the faith that it will all come together someday as I continue to faithfully write my blog week after week.

    I can prove to myself that I have faith by remaining in the present and being grateful for what I have and especially grateful for what feels really really good – I think this is the best manifesting practice you can do! I can also change the dialogue I use – for instance, I used the word “deperately” in the above paragraph. A word like that suggests panic, inpatience, and a total lack of fath! So, I could just eliminate words like that from my vocabulary! I could replace those kinds of thoughts we more gentle and patient self-talk – like, “The Universe has got my back” and “Life is pretty darn good now and I’m confident it will only get better!” And then release, let go, and relax into my life. Thanks always, Mastin for your great posts! Love andl light, Brooke @Brooke_R_Baker

  • Djbroox1

    I could use some more faith in the Universe to conspire on my behalf to help me make my dreams come true. Sometimes I give up on myself and the Universe when things seem really stagnant. I am in a career field I love but a job that I desperately need to move on from. I have been interviewing for some really great jobs within my field but haven’t secured any new job yet. I try to keep faith that if it’s the right fit, it will happen for me and if it’s not, there’s something right around the corner for me. Ultimately I want to write a book, have a private therapy practice, and do public speaking. I am trying to keep the faith that it will all come together someday as I continue to faithfully write my blog week after week.

    I can prove to myself that I have faith by remaining in the present and being grateful for what I have and especially grateful for what feels really really good – I think this is the best manifesting practice you can do! I can also change the dialogue I use – for instance, I used the word “deperately” in the above paragraph. A word like that suggests panic, inpatience, and a total lack of fath! So, I could just eliminate words like that from my vocabulary! I could replace those kinds of thoughts we more gentle and patient self-talk – like, “The Universe has got my back” and “Life is pretty darn good now and I’m confident it will only get better!” And then release, let go, and relax into my life. Thanks always, Mastin for your great posts! Love andl light, Brooke @Brooke_R_Baker

  • DLCS

    A month and a half ago I quit my job because my intuition told me to. It was causing me so much stress my health was deteriorating and I was injuring myself for no apparent reason. I’m in my early 20’s, I take AMAZING care of myself (physically, emotionally and mentally!) so this shouldn’t happen, my body should be healthy and strong.
    Anyways, I quit, I became happier, but then I started to stress about money. I live in one of the most expensive cities in the world and not having a job for one week is not exactly feasible. BUT, my intuition told me to chill, relax and don’t worry because it’ll all work itself out. I’ve remained positive, got my health back, have remembered what it feels like to be happy and not carry around a sense of dread.
    It’s been a month and a half and I still don’t know what my next step is.. what to do next. BUT, I have faith that at the right moment I will figure out my next step. Faith that the Universe has my back and that fear is LAME. Faith that my gut always knows best and from here on out I will always, always, listen. I still don’t know how it’s all going to turn out but I do know this. I don’t regret a single thing. My life is better right here, right now, because I chose to have faith. =)

  • DLCS

    A month and a half ago I quit my job because my intuition told me to. It was causing me so much stress my health was deteriorating and I was injuring myself for no apparent reason. I’m in my early 20’s, I take AMAZING care of myself (physically, emotionally and mentally!) so this shouldn’t happen, my body should be healthy and strong.
    Anyways, I quit, I became happier, but then I started to stress about money. I live in one of the most expensive cities in the world and not having a job for one week is not exactly feasible. BUT, my intuition told me to chill, relax and don’t worry because it’ll all work itself out. I’ve remained positive, got my health back, have remembered what it feels like to be happy and not carry around a sense of dread.
    It’s been a month and a half and I still don’t know what my next step is.. what to do next. BUT, I have faith that at the right moment I will figure out my next step. Faith that the Universe has my back and that fear is LAME. Faith that my gut always knows best and from here on out I will always, always, listen. I still don’t know how it’s all going to turn out but I do know this. I don’t regret a single thing. My life is better right here, right now, because I chose to have faith. =)

  • lingling lan

    I suppose you’re right Mastin… If you had to choose between choosing a path or sitting on the fence, the fear that comes with being on that fence can be a lot more hurtful as suppose to choosing to a walk a certain path and then trip on a rock…If you never try, you never know…right?

  • lingling lan

    I suppose you’re right Mastin… If you had to choose between choosing a path or sitting on the fence, the fear that comes with being on that fence can be a lot more hurtful as suppose to choosing to a walk a certain path and then trip on a rock…If you never try, you never know…right?

  • Chantal

    I was invited to have a supper at a friend house, I was expecting that night, but at the very same day she cancel…..I was sad, really sad, not only for the cancellation but most that I expected something for about a week and that is against my way of being , LIVING IN THE NOW, but the day continue and Iwish and I have FAITH that God have something better for me, so surprise, I was invited to eat with my son and his dad to his mother house, and It was super! I really enjoy the night. By the way I do not live with the father of my son…we are separate, and it was the first time I went to the grand-ma house since 2 years, since the separation!!!!

    Sorry about my english, I am french..

    Thank you Mastin, you do a good job!
    May God bless you.

  • Chantal

    I was invited to have a supper at a friend house, I was expecting that night, but at the very same day she cancel…..I was sad, really sad, not only for the cancellation but most that I expected something for about a week and that is against my way of being , LIVING IN THE NOW, but the day continue and Iwish and I have FAITH that God have something better for me, so surprise, I was invited to eat with my son and his dad to his mother house, and It was super! I really enjoy the night. By the way I do not live with the father of my son…we are separate, and it was the first time I went to the grand-ma house since 2 years, since the separation!!!!

    Sorry about my english, I am french..

    Thank you Mastin, you do a good job!
    May God bless you.

  • Meg

    My whole world is built around faith and trust at the moment.  It’s very huge and no, it won’t be easy.  There is  lots of work to be done but life’s payoff will be amazing.  The timing for this article is perfect.  Thank you so very much.  Right words, right time.  :0)

  • Meg

    My whole world is built around faith and trust at the moment.  It’s very huge and no, it won’t be easy.  There is  lots of work to be done but life’s payoff will be amazing.  The timing for this article is perfect.  Thank you so very much.  Right words, right time.  :0)