All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them . . . from a distance. (Heb. 11:13)

HAVE YOU EVER VISITED the Capitol Rotunda? The magnificent paintings on the lower level and the frescoed frieze just below the windows depict milestones in America’s history. It reminds me of the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. Just as America’s forefathers had faith to fight for independence despite huge odds, the men and women in Hebrews 11 lived by faith in what they saw only from a distance.

Living by faith for something we do not yet possess isn’t easy. We’ve become accustomed to using “plastic” to get what we want now. But the things that really matter can’t be purchased with credit cards or cash. In faith parents train their children to seek the Lord and pray they will make wise choices when they become adults. In faith we choose to live by Christian principles even when the world ridicules and persecutes us. In faith we make following Christ our top priority. Despite what that may cost us in money, in time, and in relationships, we know that the rewards we will one day receive are worth it.

God will allow our faith to be tested, but as it is proven true, it will be testimony to those who follow. And our God who sees all and knows all will keep His promise and one day welcome us home.

Write down and then commit to accomplish today one thing to show you are living for Christ.

Marlene Bagnull is a wife, mother, and grammy to three youngsters who live within walking distance. She directs two Christian writers’ conferences.