This is an email I received form Albion Derbyshire. I thought it was very good, so I am sharing it with you.
I hope you are as touched by it as was…
Do you ever think about what ‘faith” creates?
Ever wonder what Walt Disney was thinking when he had the idea of Disneyland?
Ever wonder how strong his faith was in his idea?
The reason I was so inspired to write this was because I was confronted by “real faith” this last Easter.
and FAITH is something that every great person has had.
“The Science of Getting Rich” is a great book filled with life changing ideas inside…and one of the ideas it talks about is “faith”.
so let me tell you a story:
It’s obvious that Jesus had faith…right. So you may or may not know that in the garden of Gethsemane… Jesus had the opportunity to escape from his enemies.
Jesus knew what was coming. It was pretty obvious that the Jewish leaders weren’t going to give up trying to take him down.
He had the option to escape.
He also had the option to create a resistance against the Romans (which many believed he would do).
So if WE were Jesus, we may have picked the escape route or the resistance route…
but instead Jesus picked to face the Jews and Romans head on and face his death.
Ironically his missIion was about LIFE. He called it “Abundant life” – now and after death. Yes helping, healing and giving knowledge and wisdom was all mixed up in it too.
But most of all his mission was about creating abundant life by facing the darkness of the world and the darkness inside of us all. Facing the hatred, the anger, the selfishness, the greed, the evil that grips many of us to make bad decisions and hurt others.
To live with joy and vitality, with forgiveness, sincerity and HOPE! This is what Jesus was ALL about.
Yet he not only enjoyed life, he found happiness and contentment in standing his ground on what mattered. Jesus decided to head straight into the jaws of death – for he knew that God was stronger than death! And he did it to help us.
You know, that’s an incredible amount of faith!
And this took an incredible amount of hope.
and not just idle words.
He knew that life was more than just living. It was living for something that mattered. And if you’re asking why Jesus did all this…
and not just for a cold theological answer…
…then you’re asking the right questions!
So can you see what he was he doing now? Can you see why he risked death and eventually died for it?
The fact that he was able to stand though the whole ordeal on the cross was ultimately because he cared…
…cared about us…
…about us all.
That he could give us life and hope so we can face the darkness too and to also stand up for the things in life that really matter!
Faith that stands and acts!
You probably heard this verse, but it sums it all up: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
So Jesus penetrated the hearts of mankind with his faith and it hasn’t stopped.
That’s the biggest story or faith I have EVER heard of.
This faith changed my life forever. I hope it has encouraged you too!
Thanks for all your attention reading this! I look forward to your comments and encourage you to reach out and reply to this email!