The Just

April 2, 2015 Riley

I can imagine when people see the title of this article they will think I am writing about the righteous, the just, the peacekeepers.  I am not.  This is a different type of just people, for example I am one of them.  I associate with many people that have either left and question the faith I proclaim and ones who aren’t a part of it and question it.  I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I joined the Church when I was 19 years old.  A year after my baptism I left home to serve a mission for two full years in Colombia.  I found myself way out of my element, clearly culturally but mainly spiritual knowledge.  I didn’t know much but I had the drive to profess a “the Good News” or the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I didn’t/don’t know many answers so I found myself many times saying in my head and writing in my journal, “I just need to have faith,” or “I just need to believe.”  I am a just man by that meaning.  I am not one who needs the empirical evidence, the facts, the answers to believe.  In no way am I saying that’s bad or wrong, I commend those struggling for air to provide oxygen to strengthen the flame of their faith.  Granted there are some things that are questionable but not enough to over power the feelings that are much more deep rooted in my being.

I don’t want to convey the idea that facts, evidence, and details are not important, because they are.  I am strengthened by those too.  I think we need to have a foundation and utilize all of the tools we can to build our beliefs.  I am a believer in truths and there are many.  So with that this article focuses on those struggling with questions, ideas, evidence, and facts.

In life we face trials and at times the only thing we can say is, I just need to hang on, I just need to do this or that to make it.  When we are backed up against a wall what else is there to say?  I am saddened by the instance when facts rob us of our faith.  God promotes faith, how?  Well by allowing questionable things to occur that bring us all to the table and question.  That is faith promoting.  I personally just want to believe, profess, and promote faith.  I just want to believe.  I don’t want to get taken away from the true essence of the Gospel, that being Jesus Christ Himself. I am a just man and will continue to  just believe, act, and be happy.  Inside me I cannot deny the feelings that tell me the faith I am a part of is true.  I don’t lean on the facts or evidence because faith is what saves.

For those who are struggling with your faith, job, family, or life just try.  The beauty of this Gospel is that we get to find ourselves within it not make it fit us.  We get to figure out what works for us and what doesn’t and those things that don’t work for us we get to just believe, try, and make an effort.  I want to end by saying God lives and He is real.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so absolutely amazing and I cannot deny the veracity of it.  I love it and I love all who are reading this.


2 Comments on “The Just

  1. Wow- What a beautiful post. Isn’t that what faith is all about? Just doing it? In our world today everything needs to have a rhyme and a reason. We live in a world where if we can’t answer the question then it must be the wrong question. The natural world no longer knows what faith is. Faith is confidence and trust in someone, something, whether that be an object, or a being. Part of our existence on this earth is to have true, unwavering faith in our Heavenly Father, His Son and His gospel. We must always keep our sights on the eternal perspective, even when we don’t have all or any of the answers. Thanks for the amazing reminder that I need to be more of a “JUST” woman.

    1. Thank you for the nice comment! I really liked what you said, “if we don’t know the answer it must be the wrong one.” That seems to be a common theme for sure. I can tell you are a very faithful and strong woman! We all need to Just be what God wants us to be. I appreciate the time you took to read this. If you ever need anything let us know!

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