Faith is the prerequisite to power; it gives you perspective and the confidence to forge ahead. Faith lets you see the invisible, believe the incredible, and receive the impossible. Great men and women have never found the easy road to triumph. It is always the same old route—by way of hard work and plenty of faith.
The drought of the past winter threatened the crop in a village of southern Africa. A farmer told the villagers, “There isn’t anything that will save us, except a special prayer for rain. Go to your homes, fast during the week, believe, and do not be discouraged. Rain will come.” The villagers heard him, fasted during a week, and visited his farm on Sunday morning for more prayer. But as soon as the farmer saw them, he was furious. “Go away,” he said. “I will not pray with you! You do not believe.”
“But, sir,” they protested, “we fasted and we believe.”
“Believe?” he retorted. “Then where are your umbrellas?”
It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong. It’s not what we gain but what we give that makes us rich. It’s not what we read but what we practice that makes us wise. And it’s not what we know but what we believe that makes us successful.
“Faith helps us face the music,” preaches Bill Gray, executive director of the United Negro College Fund, “even when we don’t like the tune.”
I will keep the faith.
from “Daily Motivations for African-American Success”, by Dennis Kimbro. Fawcett Columbine, New York, 1993.