When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God. This applies, too, to other spiritual expressions which you find in this book. Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you. At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him. Afterward, we found ourselves accepting many things which then seemed entirely out of reach. That was growth, but if we wished to grow we had to begin somewhere. So we used our own conception, however limited it was.
We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. “Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?” As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built.
That was great news to us, for we had assumed we could not make use of spiritual principles unless we accepted many things on faith which seemed difficult to believe. When people presented us with spiritual approaches, how frequently did we all say, “I wish I had what that man has. I’m sure it would work if I could only believe as he believes. But I cannot accept as surely true the many articles of faith which are so plain to him.” So it was comforting to learn that we could commence at a simpler level. BB page 46
It is easy to lose faith when we are troubled. As we are thrown about by the storms of life, we may feel like the faith we once had had slipped away. We may begin to feel angry at any thought of a Higher Power.We should not be surprised that we face times when our faith seems to disappear. We may feel as if we are being ripped open and our faith is being blown away. But we needn’t worry. We will find the core of our faith again. And when we do, we will be all the better for it and better able to encourage others, too. “God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.”
― Elbert Hubbard