My son taught a lesson on faith for our weekly family gathering. He played his favorite song, That’s What Faith Can Do. His favorite line says “When the world says you can’t it’ll tell you that you can”.
Since that lesson I have thought a lot about that: When the world says you can’t it’ll tell you that you can. That is powerful! How many times have we heard from the world “you can’t” or “you’re not good enough”? Your faith will tell you differently.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrew 11:1. A similar statement is made in Alma, “If ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true” Alma 32:21. Faith is an action. You hope for an outcome even though you don’t see it. The Bible has great examples of people who exercised faith and had a “hope for things not seen”. Esther saved her people from death. With faith she told Mordecai to go gather together all the Jews for a fast as she prepared to go see the King (Esther 4:16). Moses delivered the Israelites and parted the Red Sea. Noah built the ark. These and countless other examples shows us what faith can do!
Teaching Bible stories to my children has helped grow their faith. I remember when one of my boys was young and had lost a favorite toy. He didn’t hesitate to suggest we ask God for help. I knelt with him as he offered up a simple child’s prayer asking God to help him find his toy. The day went on when suddenly my son came running with joy holding the toy saying, “Mom God helped me find my toy!”. A lost toy is a seemingly insignificant thing, yet to a child it is anything but. This simple act of faith helped to plant a seed in my son’s heart. Fast forward years later. This same son was struggling with some things that would require his faith to overcome. The simple truths that he learned at such a young age kept him anchored to God. That’s what faith can do!
Imagine the power families of faith have! Let’s make it our goal as families to do as Russell M. Nelson said, “…increase your faith. Proclaim your faith! Let your faith show!” All that is required is a simple faith as taught in Matthew 5:25-34 – when a woman with a medical condition reached out and simply touched the hem of our Savior’s clothes. The simple faith of families can be a light in this world! Let your light shine!
By: Michelle Boulter