Saturday mornings are reserved for a special person. As I sit to write my mind goes back to this last weekend and how much I learned from a single conversation.
For context, let me explain why we meet in the first place.
I belong to a group called CBMC, (Christian Business and Marketplace Connection.) It sounds fancy but it’s not. It’s more of a set of principles than a formal religious organization.
CBMC teaches businessmen to reach out to men in the business community and build lifelong relationships. The purpose? Share the good news of Christ while walking alongside of one another. You know, grow together, learn together, share our stories with one another. All the while we focus on God’s purpose for our lives.
So, that’s why I meet with my friend. To walk alongside him. To encourage him. And, much to my delight, to learn from him.
My Saturday morning friend is 20 years younger than me so it is somewhat natural for me to assume the role of mentor. However, I am amazed at the number of times he mentors me.
On Saturday we were discussing how much can change in a week. In one particular case we discussed how a relationship he thought was growing last Saturday, had ended by the next Saturday. We discussed how a project I’ve been working on for almost a year has developed no traction. Both of these big problems, one his, one mine, led us both to the same place, wrapped up in a single word–faith.
You see, in order for a relationship to grow, or for a project to progress, you have got to have faith.
But, what is faith?
Saturday morning we decided to look up the word faith in the dictionary and to find a bible passage that helps us better understand it.
We came across Hebrews 11 : 1, which defines faith : “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for, assurance about what do we not see.”
The keyword? Confidence.
Confidence is at the heart of faith. In fact, the words confidence and faith are almost interchangeable.
But confidence can come in only one way.
My advice to my friend regarding his relationship? Confidence.
His advice to me regarding my big project? Confidence.
How do you gain confidence? Practice.
Go. Do. Try.
Relationship fizzles, disappointing, not final. Go. Find another. Do. Build into a new one, and if it doesn’t work out then Try again.
Project fizzles, disappointing, but that’s okay, keep moving. Build it a different way. If that doesn’t work, tear it down try yet again.
Go. Do. Try., Is just about the best advice one can ever give. It’s my gift to you.
A gift given to me on Saturday morning.