If mystery wasn’t a part of our human experience then neither would be faith. Without mystery, without the unknown, life would be predictable, redundant, most probably very boring. We depend on the unknown to keep things interesting, to allow us to grow as humans. We depend on the unknown to explore possibilities. But with that also comes fear, anxiety, and mistakes. All byproducts of what brings meaning to life.
What is the meaning of life you ask? Living, enduring, growing, and thriving in the unknown. (Okay, the truth is there is no ONE answer to that question) So what does faith have to do with all of this? Well, we have a choice. We can live in the fear of the unknown or we can live within the faith of the unknown. We can make all our decisions based on fears we have for things that haven’t happened yet or may never happen OR we can make our decisions based on past knowledge, passion, love, drive, and have faith that the mystery will remain a mystery until it is revealed. We may as well take the more enjoyable path.
This takes practice. It means that in every choice you make, you remind yourself that you have no idea what the outcome will be and that outcomes aren’t permanent. We ebb and flow. Mistakes lead to lessons and lessons lead to knowledge and knowledge means you may not make the same mistake again but others will fill its place. And the cycle continues. But we get to choose how we show up to the journey. We get to decide if fear will accompany us or if faith will be our travel partner.
We’re always at choice. Have faith.