By Jack Reeves
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." – Martin Luther King Jr.
We know what religious faith is: belief and trust in and loyalty to God. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" is the way the Apostle Paul eloquently said it.
Dr. King probably had religious faith in mind, but his statement could have a secular interpretation.
Whether we're religious – a believer in God – or not, faith is always apart of life. The agnostic, the atheist live by faith. Surprisingly, much like Paul put it. Neither would likely get out of bed without belief that what happens is much up to the attitude/faith of the individual.
Though faith can imply certitude, it's much like Dr. King’s analogy: daring to take the first step even though you don't know whether the next is an abyss or not.
Faith is related to intuition. And based on this intuition, we act to realize our lives. But it requires more than getting dressed and wandering through the day. Passion – emotion compelling action – is required.
Faith is part and parcel of everyone's life.
"Faith is passionate intuition." – William Wordsworth