This month one of the topics we’ve talked about is faith, and as we wrap up this month today I wanted to talk about being faithful. Are you a faithful person? Are you faithful to the decisions you’ve made and people who you’ve chosen to let into your life? Do you have faith in other people? Are you faithful to yourself and your needs, dreams and desires? Do you follow through on the commitments you’ve made? Can people trust you? Do you trust yourself?
I know these are some challenging questions, and those we may not like to ask very often. We don’t like to believe or discover that we’re not the person we should be, the person we think we are or the person others think we are. It’s not exciting to most of us to discover that we’ve got work to do on ourselves and the areas we’re lacking in. But faith and faithfulness are qualities that people look for in each other, and the reward of taking the time to do the work is usually better than we could imagine.
With summer comes lots of opportunities to be with family and friends. Family and friends are the people typically who know us the best and who we put the most faith in, and the people who have the most faith in us. Yes, sometimes your faith will be misplaced and you’ll need to reevaluate, but most of us don’t get into relationships or have kids (or make career choices) without having faith, or at the very least hope, in how things will turn out.
So as you spend time with others this summer I encourage you to step up and be the person that your friends and family have placed their faith in. Be the supportive friend they need, be the guide they need, be the leader they need, be the disciplinarian they need, and/or be the comforting shoulder they need. But don’t forget about being faithful to yourself and your needs and desires too. Carve out some time each week, or even each day if possible to be faithful to who you are and want to be.