People look to others to find strength for action. Team players look to that teammate that will rise above the circumstances and provide motivation for winning. Political parties look to that person that will unite their base and provide vision for success.


Some of the characteristics that are often associated with such valuable people are determination, discipline, strength and charismatic character — a few of the traits sought by others.


But many times, these pinnacles are short-lived and people are searching for someone else to rise to the occasion. The high school athlete that scored the winning point is often forgotten by the next year’s season. The co-worker who solved the great crisis of the plant is usually replaced by someone else a few months later.


Don’t misunderstand: there is nothing wrong with moments of great achievement; the problem is that it is not infinitely fulfilling.


So what does bring long-lasting fulfillment?


Faith!


The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith, it is impossible to please him (God).


Faith has always been the trait that has separated men and women as examples for others to follow. Faith has always been the trait that God has rewarded, both on this earth and in heaven.


Faith is what caused Abram to leave his home in Ur of the Chaldees and follow God to the promised land. Faith is what caused Noah to suffer the criticism of his neighbors and build the ark. Faith is what comforted Daniel as he went into the lion’s den and survived without harm. Faith is what confirmed Mary’s fears and strengthened her to deliver the Christ-child. Faith is what allowed Paul to rejoice in prison and encourage other believers to trust their God.


Faith is what caused William Tyndale to sacrifice his life so that the Word of God could be translated into the common man’s language. Faith is what enlightened Corrie ten Boom to see through the fog like a radar and provide a wonderful example of not allowing hate to overcome good. Faith is what motivated Billy Graham to dream big so that all of the world could hear the good news of Jesus Christ, even if it was from the life of a farmer from Charlotte.


You see, all of these people and millions more have impacted generations with an example to follow because of their faith … their faith in God.


Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering.”


You may not be the star athlete that won the game, nor the politician that won the election, but you can be the Christian that has deep faith in your God to obey what He commands for His followers to do in His Word and set the example for others to follow.


Ed Deckard is a man that is not in any history book or record book, but he is significant to me because he lived a powerful life of faith that challenged me to follow. Because of his faith, I desire to live by faith to please God and inspire others.


Will you be known by a faith that inspires others to follow, or are you aiming for that moment of fame? Without faith, it is impossible to please God.


Will you choose a life that is pleasing to God?


* Randy Kelley is the senior pastor at Parks Crossroads Christian Church and the president of the Ramseur Ministerial Association. He and wife, Kathy, live in Ramseur with their daughter, Anna. Contact: parkspastor@gmail.com.