What I learned about faith and courage at the Barber Shop

During a recent trip to the barber shop my barber Teresa proudly recapped her trip to Europe.  Between the snips, nips and clips she presented lovely pictures of Rome, London and Paris.

As Teresa, discussed the wonders of the European capitals she revealed that she came very close to not going on the trip.  As I enjoyed the pre-shave the hot towel treatment I ask why?  Was it the money? Was it the time away from the shop?  Was it was concerns about family?

While she said no to all of my reasons.  Teresa revealed that “faith” was the reason that she almost did not go on her a trip of a lifetime.

Faith I asked?  Yes, Teresa she said it was faith, because several of her Christian prayer partners did not want to go. They were concerned about the dangers of travel, terrorism, and other bad things that could happen half a world away.

Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Without question faith is powerful it can supply our lives with so many wonderful things like:

  • Comfort

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 

Faith can supply us with:

  • Hope

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:2    

And faith can supply us with:

  • Love

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13:13

Perhaps most importantly faith can supply us with courage.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

God wants us to do big things, like going to Europe, starting a business, and winning people over to Christ.

But these big things are often scary things.

And despite our devotion to faith.  Even those of us like Teresa’s prayer partners may experience a temporary low in our faith and with it a lack of courage.

In these difficult days of global warming, greed, and wars and rumors of wars.  Our faith will be tested, questioned and it may come up deficient.

However, like Teresa our faith can give us the courage not only to do the extraordinary like travel to Europe.

But to do the ordinary like:

  • The grind of rising a family
  • The challenges of going to college and finding the funds to pay of it
  • The difficulties of being in a dead end job with seemly no way out

But we have faith and with faith we have courage.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline 2 Timothy 1:7….   

Therefore the lesson from the barber shop is this: Let’s take the courage that faith can provide to boldly live a life that is pleasing to the Lord.

Tell me about how your courage was increased through your faith.  Send me a confidential email at marben@marbenbland.com

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