Certainty and DoubtFaith, by definition, is the ability to put absolute trust in a laudable source. Faith looks simple on paper, but many struggle with the idea. The setback is finding a trustworthy source to put faith in. Complete certainty is no easy task, but is a life full of doubt much better? It is often believed that if no room is left for doubt, disappointment is inevitable; that if doubt is allowed and expectations are lowered, happiness will only increase because disappointment will be rare.
But if you have never been disappointed, are you even truly living?In the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus repeatedly points out his disciples’ lack of faith. Jesus says, “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him” (English Standard Version, Mark 11.23). Essentially, Jesus is saying that even the most impossible things become possible with faith. Many Christians, in current and Biblical times, take this passage literally, but we all have mountains in our lives.
We have all, at some time, experienced a situation that we felt was impossible to overcome. Whether we can overcome these situations is, for the most part, insignificant. Where certainty comes into play is providing hope. When faced with tough situations, certainty is totally necessary. Doubt opens the doors for worry, fear, and sadness. Conversely, a life full of certainty and faith is a life well-lived because the positive shines through in every situation.For example, I went on a mission trip to Nicaragua two years in a row. The total cost of a trip to Nicaragua is somewhere between $1,300 and $1,500, an astronomical amount of money for an unemployed high-school student.
The first year, I doubted that my money would come in and paradoxically, my doubts all but became a reality. However, the second year, I said to myself, “The money will come in. I am certain.” Within a week of sending out support letter, I had raised more than half of the cost of the trip.
The remaining amount came in weeks before my deadline, but more than anything, I was happier throughout the entire fundraising process. When I was doubtful, raising money was much more emotionally taxing. Certainty and faith gave me hope and encouragement, whereas doubt and fear left me feeling desperate and helpless. It is obvious which one should take precedence.Truly living is living with faith.
Faith and certainty are a package deal, with the complete exclusion of doubt. The sooner doubt is left behind; the sooner true happiness becomes attainable. The fact of the matter is: life sucks. Someone once said, “We have to choose joy, and keep choosing it.” In the same way, we have to choose to have faith and be certain that things will work out in our favor. If we doubt and lower our expectations, we will always be satisfied. With that said, satisfaction and happiness are two totally different things.
Doubt leads to mediocre lives; certainty is the only road to being truly happy.