Faith + Action – Doubts = Results


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen.
Hebrews 11:1

I don’t know about you, but this faith stuff isn’t easy; anyone who says it is, is lying through their teeth. I am one of those people who likes to know that things will turn out in my favor or at least pan out well. I sometimes struggle with believing in the unseen, I am more of a seeing-is-believing kind of girl. I like to see supporting evidence…..I love the tangible!

I have come to realize, however, that faith plays the biggest role in determining the manifestation of a goal or dream. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines faith as the belief in something or someone (especially with a strong conviction/without doubt). Faith is synonymous with belief and trust. Nothing is possible without belief and all things are possible when one believes.

When you believe in something with deep conviction, taking whatever action is required to ensure the manifestation of what you desire is easy because you don’t doubt your ability to bring it to pass or the possibility of it occurring. Your faith/belief becomes the driving force that propels you into action thus creating results.

Faith without action is, however, dead. No matter how strong your conviction is and how much you believe in something, nothing will materialize into tangible results if you don’t take the necessary action required. Rather obvious statement, but something that is often overlooked or taken for guaranteed; for things to happen, you must ACT.

Perhaps, like a majority of people you day dream about winning the lottery someday, living a life of no want and finally being able to tell your boss to take his job and shove it. Well, despite the slim odds of becoming a millionaire overnight happening, you have to regularly play the game to win it, you have to buy a lottery ticket to increase your odds; that is the action you have to take.

Maybe your clothes are starting to fit tightly and you don’t like what you see when you look in the mirror. You know that you need to lose weight; in fact it has been on the top of your new year’s resolution list year after year and yet you continue to struggle with it. Well, it’s never going to change unless you get serious about taking some action towards achieving this goal. If getting off the couch, changing your eating habits and signing up for a gym membership is what you have to do, then do it.

No matter how mundane or profound your goal or desire, unless you are willing to take the necessary action(s) to turn it into tangible results, all that goal and desire will ever be is, wishful thinking. Talking about it, dreaming about it and even telling others about it won’t make an iota of a difference; what will, is taking action.

Action with doubts is futile and won’t produce any tangible results either. When a farmer sows seeds, he expects to reap a crop. He takes the necessary actions that involve, watering the seeds, fertilizing the soil and pruning weeds as soon as they come up, to ensure that his seeds are in an environment that will allow their maturity.

He knows and believes without a shadow of a doubt that in due time he will reap a harvest. He doesn’t dig up the soil to see if the seeds are indeed germinating or take up camp on his farm so that he can witness first hand their growth. He knows that as long as he does what he is required to do, he can trust nature to do its part; he can trust in the process.

And so it is with our desires as well, as long as we act in our faith and don’t allow our doubts to discourage us and stop us midway our goals because results aren’t evident or are taking longer than we would like; we too can be assured that results are imminent…our actions will turn into results, we too, shall reap.

For today, continue to believe in your dreams, continue to take the necessary action and continue to trust the process!


7 thoughts on “Faith + Action – Doubts = Results

  1. Awinja April 22, 2015 / 5:27 am

    I will continue to believe for it is that miracle happen. Thank u mum.


  2. Magda April 22, 2015 / 11:29 am

    Faith without action? It ain’t gonna happen! Well put, faith, action = results, then it will happen. Thank you Yvonne.


  3. kendibella May 9, 2015 / 3:33 am

    Very well put. Faith without action is useless indeed. These article, especially a certain paragraph: you know which one ;), made me cringe with embarrassment. I hear you loud and clear. Thanks, my dear


    • Yvonne Kariba May 9, 2015 / 7:22 am

      If it’s to be, Joy…’s really up to us. Action is required.


  4. averyr2 May 14, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    This article really made me think about the way we view faith in this country and in the world. “Faith” is almost always equated to a belief in a higher power that can and will take the reigns in making change happen in the world. People unfortunately use faith as an excuse to NOT act, because their faith is in something else that will act for them. I think the message you share here needs to be shared with all faith communities throughout the world, because action has so often been sacrificed for or avoided through belief. Thank you for this, and this message has so much scope. Everyone must be reminded that faith means taking action for one’s beliefs, not the other way around.


    • Yvonne Kariba May 14, 2015 / 3:43 pm

      Thanks, Avery for visiting and following my blog. I truly value your comment as it really resonates with my view on faith. I totally agree with you that people use Faith as a cop out and fail to realize that they are responsible for making certain things in their life happen and most put action into work and not just wait on God, the universe or other external factors to always move on their behalf.


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