We don’t have faith anymore.
We live in the era of science, of analysis, of a reality that we must be able to see, smell, touch, hear, and feel. The proof is always in the pudding, right? And so, we approach relationships, whether they be platonic, familial, or intimate, with magnifying glasses that rival laboratory microscopes.
- Is this is a sign when their text messages ends with a period versus an ellipses?
- Should I care if he or she responds immediately or within an hour or past a day?
- Why did they take that photo and post it on that site?
- Is there a particular reason she’s walking on this side of me or not?
- Is holding hands a friend thing or a more than friend things and–
- Hug or kiss on the cheek or–
- Phone call versus email versus handwritten letter versus–
- Hello or hey or what’s up or–
Enough! This list is endless, all the things that can happen and how we can interpret or ignore them. We’ are spending so much time parsing for so little meaning that we’ve forgotten the whole in exchange for the part.
We lack faith.
Faith, believe it or not, is a simple thing. Sure, faith can be proven out (yes, the proof is in the pudding) but it’s less about one plus two times x divided by y–no, faith is “this is this” and “that is that”. It can be face value. It can be declarative. It is. It simply is.
We need more faith and less analysis. We need more faith and less investigation. We need more belief and less proof.
We need to have faith again.