Too many people decide how much they are able to do based on their education, personality, or talent. Perceived self-worth and value-add to society is a function of qualifications. I propose we look at what is possible through the credentials of faith, hope, and love.
Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing. It’s a belief that isn’t based on proof.
Hope is wanting something to happen or be true.
Love is affection, benevolence, and goodwill toward others that has their best interests at heart, rather than your own.
When faith is rooted in vulnerability-based trust in God, then hope and love are natural byproducts. You don’t have to be solid rocks without cracks or crevices. You don’t have to have impressive credentials. You simply have to be teachable, willing to repent, able to forgive, and prepared to surrender to His greater purpose for you – in spite of your weaknesses and failures.
When you really understand what faith, hope, and love are all about, you can display them in your life. Your work is produced by faith. Your endurance is inspired by hope. Your labor is prompted by love. In other words, your faith motivates you into action, your hope helps you endure life’s hardships, and your love drives you to serve others. Faith, hope, and love are catalysts for work, endurance, and labor.
The only qualifications needed to live a meaningful life are faith, hope, and love. Let’s all place those credentials after our name …
Marc D. Casciani, F.H.L. (Faith. Hope. Love.)