Faith and Her Mistress: Doubt

Sunday night I was asked to go in and talk to a group of people about doubt. Some of them were young, a few were a bit older, but most were around my age. Maybe 35 people, I’m not sure.

(My friend Joe and I continuing on afterwards…)

Before talking about Doubt I had to talk about her best friend: Faith.

Whether it is faith in your significant other, your ideological system, your religious views, etc, faith is simply a choice. I’m not making it more than it is. It is simply choosing something or someone for reasons which can’t always be explained logically and coherently.

But it’s more than a choice…

…it’s one choice.

It’s a commitment.

It’s choosing just one thing and thus saying no to many things. Most people say they have made a commitment but you can’t “say” you’ve made a commitment, you simply have to demonstrate your commitment through your actions. Talking about your commitment and faith is meaningless and often trite.  It’s strange when people exuberantly “speak” of how much they love their girl/boy friend, their God, their anti-God, their job: why all the talking? How can you speak so much about something that is so intimate and meaningful for you? Is is not crude and offensive?

A pregnant silence. A committed life.

You can say you’re committed to your wife all you want but only time will tell the story…

Now, along with making a choice in favour of something, you’re also making a choice against many other things. I say yes to my girlfriend and I in return say no to a whole lot of other girls at the Dance Cave.

But then the wind blows…

You see someone else and you get these strange emotions. These emotions shouldn’t be there because you’ve made a choice to something else, but they are there. They cause you to breathe a little deeper and stand a little lighter.

You’re now in the tension between Faith and Her Mistress.

Most people don’t know how to handle the tension.

They either run away from the thing that is causing the doubt. They catch a cab and run into the arms of their loved one.

Or they run towards the thing that is causing the doubt. Infidelity. They abandon their commitment and chase after the Interesting, the New, the Pleasurable, the Immediate.

There aren’t many people that know how to stand resolute in the middle of this tension.

But this is what it’s all about. Standing in the midst of your uncertainty and uncomfortableness. Without saying very much, without doing very much, you simply stand there and allow the wind to blow air into your fire.

See, faith is like fire and doubt is like the wind. When it’s a little fire, the wind will blow it out. But when it’s a large fire, the wind will intensify it.

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3 Comments on “Faith and Her Mistress: Doubt”

  1. Brad Wilton
    February 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    This is FANTASTIC. Love it. I’m bookmarking this post.

  2. amber
    February 3, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    I love this too!!!!

  3. claudio
    February 5, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    nice little message about wind and fire Mikey.

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