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Laurel C. Day

August 16, 2011

While hope is about wanting what YOU want,
faith is about wanting what GOD wants.


I had a pretty significant "ah-ha" during Church one Sunday in February. The lesson was on my then favorite talk, "Faith--the Choice is Yours." 

"Choose faith over doubt, choose faith over fear, choose faith over the unknown and the unseen, and choose faith over pessimism.

Yes, faith is a choice, and it must be sought after and developed. Thus, we are responsible for our own faith. We are also responsible for our lack of faith. The choice is yours."
(Richard C. Edgley)

During the discussion surrounding the lesson, my heart started to beat so hard I thought it would come right out of my chest. The spirit was trying to help me understand a very basic truth. And I couldn't keep from speaking.

"I have always thought I struggled with my faith. But, I see now that my faith only struggles when I'm focusing on faith in the outcome rather than faith in Jesus Christ. When my faith is focused on Him, I can always trust the outcome. Always."

Is that the most basic thing ever?

How on earth had it taken me 39 years to figure that out?

This “Choose to Become” journey required that I begin to understand the principle of FAITH in ways I knew I never had before; more specifically, I had a need to understand the relationship of FAITH and HOPE. And that got me thinking about the TRUE relationship between faith and hope.

And, at least for me, I’ve come to believe that hope really is about what I want...want I desire...what I pray for. And it’s okay to have hopes and it’s even okay to have hopes in outcomes. But my faith has to be about HIM...what HE wants for me...what HE desires for me.

I always thought my faith was so small—so weak—so not enough.

But, I see now that my faith is strong when my faith if focused on HIM; not on outcomes, but on HIM.

Of course, I still think about outcomes.

I still want outcomes.

In other words, I still hope.

But, I understand hope's place now in my life—in my journey.
It's standing just behind my faith,
oh so tempted to jump in front of it...

But, hope won't.

Because faith is already there—right where it should be

Laurel Christensen grew up in California, Kentucky and Missouri. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University which she received after serving in the Riverside California Mission. She has spent most of her career at Deseret Book Company where she worked for several years as the Director of Entertainment, producing shows like The Forgotten Carols and launching and managing Jericho Road, among other artists. She is currently the Vice President of Product Development and also oversees the Time Out for Women program, spending many weekends on the road producing Time Out events. Laurel has a Masters degree in Communications Management and thinks it would be fun to someday be called “Professor”.  She is the author of several talk CDs and books for young women.