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Several years ago, at a prestigious university, a philosophy professor gave his students one question for the final exam. Placing a chair on top of his desk, he challenged the class by saying, “Using what you have learned this semester, prove to me that this chair does not exist.”
Most of the students wrote feverishly for the entire hour. They cited heady theories and well-known philosophers. They used complex logic and debate techniques to “prove the chair out of existence.” One student, though, wrote his name and scribbled a two-word answer. As it turned out, he was the only student who received an “A” on the final.
All he wrote was this: “What chair?”
As it turned out, only one student could see what others failed to see—an empty desk. Similarly, does your faith allow you to see the world through a different lens? By faith, do you see what others don’t see? The Bible puts it like this, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
So, what is it that you can’t see? Being forgiven after a titanic blunder? Being loved for who you are, and not the image you try to portray? What about a leader in your community?
If you struggle to view yourself through the lens of faith, relax, you’re in good company. Moses stuttered excuses, but God made him a great leader. Peter messed up in spectacular style, but Jesus accepted him back. Sarah laughed when God promised her a child, only to laugh more when she delivered a baby boy.
So, what is your faith like? Or perhaps I should ask, what is your faith in God like? Will you be able to see beyond what is imaginable?
(The story was taken from Pilgrim’s Problems by Karl Haffner)

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