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Sunday, 20 October 2019
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Our Calling: Faith or Fail

Here’s an upbeat message for all of us in the pregnancy help community: If you don’t have faith, find another line of work.

Really, it’s true. The fact of course, is that we do have faith and it is why we do what we do.

Think about it. When a single mom with children faces another unexpected pregnancy, what do so many say is the only answer? That’s right, “End it.” We don’t need another child on welfare, do we? Another angry child without a father? Another crime statistic?

It takes faith to believe otherwise, to believe that despite the odds, God is still at work. That God can roll up His sleeves and use people like us to reach into the life of a broken person and bring hope.

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Without faith, it’s easy for any of us to become jaded and disillusioned.

But with faith in God’s ability to work, even in the most challenging situations, we can answer the question of even good-hearted people who ask, “What do you do about that mom who just keeps having babies?”

We can argue with those who ask these questions, but it likely won’t bring positive results. Instead, we might say, “Some situations are more challenging than others, but just as God keeps working in us, we believe He wants to move in the lives of those we see—no matter the circumstances.”

From there, we can point out, “Jesus found a woman at a well who had five husbands and was living with a man outside of marriage. In maybe only minutes, she turned into one of his evangelists. And I wonder if this is because Jesus looked beyond her situation and saw the hope she secretly carried underneath her outward appearance.”

Faith, we’re told in a letter to the Hebrews, is the “assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

It is our duty, our obligation and our calling to see each person who comes our way through the lens of faith. When we do—as we know—everything changes. No longer is this person “beyond help.” No longer is she “stuck in a cycle of dependency.”

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Instead, she is an opportunity for God’s intervention—just as we once were (and to be honest, still are). 

Yes, we face difficult people, many of them holding to a terribly dark past because it is all they know. Our mission? By faith, we present a hope for the future, a brighter future which takes—you got it—faith, to embrace.

The good news? A woman at a well chose to embrace faith. A man named Saul, when confronted by the power of Jesus, took a new path and became Paul. The stories are endless. But those stories of the Bible are not just history lessons, but are shining examples of what God is prepared to do . . . today.

Faith. It’s who we are. And it’s what we need to hold onto, each day.

Kirk Walden

Kirk Walden is a senior writer with Pregnancy Help News, an Advancement Specialist with Heartbeat International and author of The Wall. For banquet speaking engagements, contact Gloria Leyda at Ambassador Speakers Bureau. He can also be found at www.kirkwalden.com

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