Abraham is well-known for his incredible faith in God. In several places, the Bible upholds him as the best example of faith, and the example we should strive to emulate. While we cringed at the thought that anyone would be put into a position of sacrificing a child, it was pointed out that Abraham’s faith was so strong that when he left the two young men, he is recorded as saying, “We will come back to you,” apparently never doubting that God had something in mind.
Such stories are meant to inspire us in our own faith. And our faith, in turn, may inspire another’s faith. But how are we supposed to do this? What does a faith-inspiring act look like? What might inspire others to desire a relationship with God? A healing? A miracle?
Our problem was that we were thinking too big. We were trying to imagine doing great and marvelous things, but finally came to the conclusion that simple acts of loving kindness are the most faith-building and faith-provoking. Words of encouragement or compassion, giving someone the attention of a listening ear, visiting the lonely, all these together (and more) encourage our faith and faith in others.
Faithful Lord, help me to see where I can enact kindness to another today and give me the courage to follow through. Amen. — LGR