I Believe…

ImageTwo very powerful words…”I BELIEVE”…

Each time I visited Morocco, there he was.  For confidentiality purposes, I will refer to him as Paul.  His skin had been aged by the sun, his shoes worn by the consistent walking, and his scars held stories of tough times.

I couldn’t help but approach him and learn more about his story.  Between little Arabic, broken Spanish, and attempts at English, our conversation took shape.  It was a conversation that I hold very close to my heart.  Every day, this one man would roam the streets, morning to night, meet with street boys, build their trust, feed them, and even look for those he hadn’t seen for a while.  I understood his passion and I was drawn to it.  Every day he woke up with a purpose, he walked the streets with a vision, and he faced hardships with all the confidence he could muster.

I heard bits and pieces of rejection he faced from some of the street boys who he invested in.  I heard of threats on his own life and where some of the scars have come.  And yet, though his outer appearance seemed tattered and worn, his passion and the truth he clung to remained strong.  “Why do you do this?”, I asked.  And he began with two simple and powerful words…

I Believe…

He stated, “I believe in a different life.  I believe in Love.  I believe that he (as he points to one of the street children) will choose a life of possibility.  And I’m committed….”  Even in the dark times, the difficult times, Paul chooses to see hope.  He clings to what he believes and holds on to it.

His belief became more than mere words simply spoken…He lived it out.  It is seen in his daily presence, the scars, and especially the smile and the aged hands that willingly stretched out around the boys who would run to him.

Belief is more than something we state or words that we just randomly say.  It cannot be forgotten in the difficult times.  It is something that is shown in our actions, something we live out in the good and in the bad.  It is Hope.

Lately, Jared and I have faced some big decisions.  As Jared and I anxiously await the arrival of our son, as we prepare to move to Colombia…we honestly don’t know how it all looks.  There is so much we have had to consider.  We have difficult moments from time to time, questions, concerns, things we just don’t have answers for at this time, and yet we stand together moving forward in our Faith in God, in what we Believe and the direction we are being guided.

Step by step we move forward open to what can be…and holding on to what we Believe.

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I write this as a reminder to myself when facing challenges.  And I write this as a challenge to you…

What do you Believe?

Declare it daily if you have to, Live it, and cling to the Truth in the good times and when challenges arise.  Keep Hope alive.

I Believe…

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3 thoughts on “I Believe…

  1. wow sis, I love your call to action! You can’t just read your blog and respond in a generic way. Each post I read challenges me in a deep way about living out faith and I am inspired! Love you!

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