My brother is a very wise man. That question is a paraphrase of something he said.
If you're reading this blog, perhaps you're like me. I spend a lot of time on personal development. I spend a lot of time trying to support my inner self. I feel like this kind of investment has been a blessing, and I don't know where I'd be if I didn't choose to do that on a daily basis.
However, when my brother brought this up, it caused me to notice what direction my faith was in. Even though I am good at spiritual and mental/emotional practice, I found that I have faith that my troubles are really big and have power over me. My inner self practices are sometimes more to get away from the monster than to simply enjoy being myself and enjoy life. Now, I do believe that is where we have to start. I don't mean I got it wrong. But I appreciate the opportunity to take one more step.
And that is to remove my faith from my troubles.
It reminds me of the final scene from Labyrinth where Sarah finally realizes, "You have no power over me!"
Where should our faith go? Place that faith on your gifts and opportunities and the power they have. Place your faith in the renewal and resilience of the human spirit (yours). Place your faith in an abundant universe. Boni Lonnsbury in her book The Map (which I am reading and loving!) talks about imagining a bubble of love that surrounds you and that expands to the size of your house and from there to the size of the whole world. Everything that enters this bubble, Boni says, seeks to love you and seeks to support you. Place your faith in the reality of that love and support.