Why Is Faith Important? (19 Reasons)

You’re at the start line of a race, your heart beating fast, about to run toward a finish line you can’t even see.

Faith is the deep breath you take before you start running. It’s trusting your legs to carry you, not just the race map or the cheers from the sidelines. It tells you that each step forward is worth it, even if you’re not sure you can make it all the way.

Sometimes, people wonder why we race at all if we can’t see the finish line. I say there’s something special about running the race anyway.

So, lace up your shoes and settle in as we explore the unseen path that faith sets before us, and why running it could be the best decision we ever make.

Faith Gives You a Clear Goal

Having faith is like having a goal that guides you. It helps you know what matters most to you and keeps you focused on it.

Faith tells you what direction to go and helps you make choices that get you there. It brings out the best in you, pushing you towards doing good and reaching your goals, big or small. With faith, you have a clear picture of what you want to achieve.

Try this: Write down something important you want to achieve. Each day, think about this goal and let your faith move you towards it.

Faith Helps You Deal With Tough Times

When life gets hard, faith is what helps you stand firm. It gives you the hope that you’re not facing these problems alone. Whatever your faith is in, it gives you the strength to keep going, tackle problems, and find solutions.

Faith doesn’t remove the tough times but helps you through them. It’s the confidence that things will get better after the hard times pass.

Keep in mind: When you face a problem, remember how faith has helped you before. It’s always there to give you strength.

Faith Keeps Hope Alive When Things Are Uncertain

At times when everything seems unsure, and you don’t know what’s coming, faith is there to light the way. Holding on to faith stops you from giving up and helps you stay positive about the future. It’s believing that, eventually, things will work out.

Faith doesn’t take away the uncertainty, but it helps you keep going with a positive spirit.

Try this: When you’re unsure, think back on times when you made it through tough spots. This will show you that faith can help you find hope, even in uncertainty.

Faith Offers Comfort When We’re Sad

When someone is very sad, like when they lose someone they love, faith is like a warm hug. It helps us stand up when we feel weak and alone.

Faith reminds us we have friends and family who care about us. It makes us feel less alone and reminds us of good times that make us smile. Faith helps us begin to feel better after we lose someone.

Example: Sit quietly and think of a fun time you had with someone you miss. This good memory can make you feel a little better.

Faith Is Good for Your Mind

Faith works like a quiet place for your thoughts. It helps you stay calm when there’s too much going on and gives you courage when things are tough.

Faith can cheer you up when you’re sad and gives you hope when things are hard. It’s like having a friend inside your mind who’s always there.

Try this: When life gets too busy, take a moment each day to reflect on what you’re grateful for.

Faith Brings People Together

Faith is like a big welcome sign that brings people together. It’s about being with others who believe the same things you do. These people become like a second family to you, a place where you fit in.

Faith doesn’t care where you’re from; it just brings you together with others. Being with your faith community means there are always people to help you and for you to help, too.

Try this: If you’re having a hard time or want to help someone else, talk to people in your faith group. They’re there to help and be helped, just like you.

Faith Helps You Know Right from Wrong

Faith is like having a little helper inside you that shows you how to make good choices. It makes you think about how you treat people and urges you to do what’s fair. You use your faith as a guide for deciding what to do, wanting to be someone you’re proud of.

It’s not just about rules; it’s about feeling good because you did the right thing. Faith keeps your choices matching up with what you think is important.

Try this: When you’re not sure what to do, remember what your faith says. It’ll point you toward a good choice.

Faith Encourages You to Help Others

People with faith often want to do good things for others, without expecting anything back. Faith is like a little nudge to do helpful stuff for people who really need it.

Whether that’s volunteering, teaching, or just being nice to someone, faith tells you to lend a hand. It opens up your heart to give time and care where it’s needed the most.

Example: See someone who could use a hand? Go ahead and help out. It’s a good way to show your faith in real life.

Faith Makes You Wonder About Life

Faith is like going on an adventure that helps you think about deep questions. It helps you see beyond the everyday stuff and keeps you curious about the bigger picture.

With faith, you’re always learning and looking for answers about life. It gives you a way to be okay with not having all the answers, but instead, enjoy finding out more on the way.

Try this: Sit by yourself and think about the big questions of life. You don’t need all the answers right away. This thinking is part of your journey to understand life better with your faith.

Faith Makes Us Understand Each Other Better

Faith helps you see how others feel and share those feelings. It’s like stepping into their shoes to understand what’s going on with them.

When you have faith, you become kinder and show you care more when you talk to your friends and family. This makes everyone feel closer and like everyone has someone to lean on. It’s all about treating people nicely, just like you’d want them to treat you.

Try this: When a friend or family member is sad, just listen to them and try to feel what they’re feeling. It will help you both feel more connected.

Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.

Mahatma Gandhi

Faith Helps Us Forgive Others

Faith gives you the power to stop being mad and to forgive people. It’s like fixing something that’s broken so it doesn’t hurt anymore. Faith teaches you that staying mad doesn’t help anything, and forgiving helps you be calm again.

Even though forgiving doesn’t mean it was okay what they did, it means you won’t let it keep bothering you. This makes everyone’s mood a lot better.

Try this: When someone does something that bothers you, remember how your faith can help you let it go. Forgiving helps everyone feel better, including you.

Faith Keeps Us Going and Be Patient

Faith is like a little voice that tells you to not give up and to wait nicely for things to happen. It helps you keep trying, even when things seem really hard.

With faith, you believe that all your hard work will be worth it. It tells you that sometimes, the best things need time to happen. So, you keep working on your goals, step by step, even if it takes a while.

Example: Are you working on something big? Just keep going, little by little. Your faith is like a promise that your hard work will pay off one day.

Faith Makes Us Feel Calm and Safe

Faith is like a quiet, comfy spot just for you. It helps you stay calm when everything else is busy or hard to understand.

Faith makes you feel like you’re in a safe place even when things are tough outside. It’s like being somewhere peaceful, away from all the noise. When you have faith, you don’t worry as much and feel more relaxed.

Try this: If you need to feel calm, close your eyes and think about your faith for a moment. This can help you feel peaceful right away.

Faith Helps Us Be Thankful for the Good Things

Faith teaches you to say thanks for all the nice stuff in your life. It lets you see and enjoy the little things, like laughing with a friend or a beautiful day.

With faith, you’re more aware of these good things and really thank them. It’s about feeling happy with what you have and not being upset about what’s missing. Saying thanks for what you have makes every day more special.

Try this: Every evening, think of something good that happened to you. This helps you realize how many good things are in your life.

Faith Helps Us Learn About Ourselves and Get Better

Faith is like going on a trip that helps you understand who you are. It pushes you to ask questions and find out what really matters to you.

While you learn from your faith, you get to know yourself better and what kind of person you want to be. It helps you grow and be strong in what you believe. Faith is about getting to know yourself more and improving.

Try this: Think about what you really believe in. Your thoughts can help you see more about yourself and how you want to get better.

Faith Makes Us Brave

Faith helps us feel less scared of things. It pushes us to face our fears instead of running away. It’s like having someone cheer you on, saying you can handle tough stuff. With faith, you feel stronger and ready to try things that scare you.

Example: If you are scared to speak in front of a class, remember what your faith teaches about courage. It can help you stand up and talk even when it feels tough.

Faith Keeps Our Traditions Alive

Faith is a big part of our family and where we come from. It helps us remember our old ways and special family events. Faith is like a story that gets passed down, keeping our history and customs alive. It makes us feel connected to our past and our family.

Try this: Try joining a family tradition or asking about one from your culture. It’s your way of keeping your family’s stories alive.

Faith Keeps Our Lives Steady

Faith helps you live a life that feels just right — not too busy, not too boring. It teaches you to find a good balance between work, play, and rest.

Faith is like a plan that guides you to live in a healthy and happy way. It stops you from getting too stressed or too lazy. Faith helps you set up a life that feels good and makes sense.

Example: Set up a simple day-to-day plan that includes time for work, time for fun, and time to rest. Let your faith guide you to make this plan, and you’ll feel more balanced.

Faith Grows Our Love for Others

Faith makes your ability to care about others bigger. It’s like turning up the volume on how much you can love and be kind.

With faith, you’re more willing to help those who need it and understand their feelings. It encourages you to be friendly to everyone, no matter who they are. Faith is all about sharing love and kindness.

Example: When you see someone who looks like they might need a hand, even if you don’t know them, give them a smile or ask how you can help. Your faith can make it feel easier to do this.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

 Martin Luther King Jr.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be religious to have faith?

Not necessarily. While many associate faith with religion, you can also have faith in values, principles, or the goodness of people.

What if I struggle to have faith?

That’s okay. Faith isn’t always easy, and it can waiver. Talking to others, reflecting, and exploring different perspectives can help rebuild it.

How can I make my faith stronger?

Engaging with a community, practicing gratitude, and setting aside time for reflection and meditation can help strengthen your faith.

Final Thoughts

“Why run if you can’t see where you need to stop?” we asked. The answer is pretty simple — it’s not always about where you end up but how you get there.

Faith is feeling sure about each step, even if the path forward is a bit foggy. It gives each challenge a purpose and helps us find our way. And eventually, we find that having faith means we’re never truly lost.

So what’s your next move? How can you make your faith lead the way? Go ahead — start with a single small step. Let your faith show you that even when you can’t see the whole path, moving forward is always worth it.

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Jessa Claire is a registered healthcare provider. Music lover. Daydreamer. Thalassophile. Foodie. A hardworking Capricorn. Most days, an incurable empath. An old soul. Down-to-earth. Vibrant.

When she's not writing, she can be seen relaxing with headphones on or engrossed in her favorite fan fiction book.