Three weeks ago I purchased a new car for the first time in seventeen years. Apparently, the technology has changed a bit, and I was confronted with the reality of starting my car by pushing a button rather than inserting and turning the key. And yet, you still need a key in the car for the button-pushing to work. Except, it really isn’t a key and it really doesn’t do anything by itself. It just needs to be close by to enable you to do other things.
So it got me thinking. Isn’t faith sort of like this new key that isn’t a key? The absence of faith may limit what we believe, what we hope for and what we can do. The presence of faith may give us comfort and expand what we believe is possible but by itself, it is still reliant on us to push the button.
So the next time we are starting our cars by pushing the button, let’s ask ourselves: Are we also pushing the button on our faith?