Are You A Person of Faith?

Faith is the basis of the path, the mother of virtue; it nourishes all roots of goodness. — Wu-chien

I’ve tried but I can find very little on the life of Wu-chien, but the above quote is famous. I used it once when a man asked me on the sidewalk, “Are you a man of faith?” I asked him what he meant by his question and he said, “I mean have you been born again? Have you found Jesus?” Then I knew where his conversation was going. I was tempted to say I didn’t know Jesus was lost, but no telling where that conversation would get me, so instead I told him, “I guess I am a man of Faith,” and then I quoted Wu-chien. After I did, he told me I was lost. So I went on my way, thinking I was in good company.

There are many definitions of faith, the context in how it is used in a way defines the term. One usage I read lately struck a chord. Tori McClure wrote: “If we have faith in nothing else, we must have faith that we can improve the future.”

Each of us hopes for a brighter future either for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, for our country, and our world. And despite some dark moments in the past and a few in the present, I do believe and thus have faith that the future will improve and I must do my part. What about you?

 

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. He is also a contributor to The Clyde Fitch Report.

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