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Life is a full of twists and turns, ups and downs. In good times, it’s easy to be grateful; in tough times, it’s easy to dwell in the negative. When everything in me feels like giving up, I have to remind myself to walk not by sight… but by faith.

We can sometimes look up and evaluate our lives, and wonder when it’s going to get better. Maybe you’re stuck in a dead-end job or relationship. Maybe things are going fine but you feel like something’s missing. Maybe you feel like life just keeps kicking you in the face.

This mindset can be problematic because it is a sight issue, not the result of faith.

Despite what life throws at us, we must stay the course. Faith knows that things will get better in time, even if we can’t see it right now. I know from experience that this is a brilliant theory that is much harder in execution. However, that doesn’t take away from its validity.

My job is a blessing, but sometimes I feel like I’ve hit a plateau with no change in sight. My music is getting better and better, but the perfectionist in me always finds flaws. I’m clinging on for dear life to the hope that someday soon I’ll meet my wife, but the prospects are slim to none and only get worse as I get older.

Regardless of my momentary feelings, I somehow always come back to leaning on faith.

Faith says “be patient” when my sight craves instant gratification. I can’t be a light to others if I consistently extinguish mine with impatience and negativity.

So the next time life gets you down, try your best to remember: walk by faith, not by sight.


Orondé Jenkins is a multidisciplinary artist and media consultant based in Nashville. No Average Journey was born out of his desire to help artists grow in their lives and careers.