From my experience, belief comes in two kinds of packages. First is the one that I am often invited into. Frequently the invitation comes in the form of a question. Will you believe (or trust)? Another, will you act on the belief that our strategy will work. There are many variations, however every questions comes does to a question of what motives my action. Do, will, I believe and act on that belief?
Without commentary on the level of belief I see in the individuals framing the questions, there is a second package silently standing in contrast. A select group of individuals never ask the question, s/he models belief. They tell the story of belief in their actions. They step up and make bold moves, demonstrating their belief. They fight against insurmountable odds, testifying to their belief.
One package expands my awareness, the others invites me to follow. One gives me a burden to carry. The other seems to make my steps lighter. Both are hard work.
As I prepared a special report and presentation, I found myself struggling with the story line as well as the illustrations. What could I say? What should I say?
The common wisdom called me to clichéd themes. It was as if I could echo familiar phrases and that would be enough. Two individuals responded to my cries for help differently. Without words or commentary, they stepped in, sharing information and stories (some that worked, others that were less successful).
As I read the hundreds of pages they sent, silently replaying their stories in my mind, I found myself hearing Paul’s words. “You’ll need strength for the rescue ahead. You’re going to come out of this without even a scratch!” (Acts 27.34) I knew I was resting in their strength and belief. I knew things were going to work.
The story that unfolded is as much theirs as it is mine. Yes, I wrote the deck. Yes, I worked through the edits after each review and mock presentation. At every step, I could feel their belief, sensing unspoken wisdom. Thank-you.