As the president of Mississippi College, I have played a role in making several decisions that could be characterized as leaps of faith. Launching the “Growing the Vision” campaign and then increasing its goal from $65 million to $80 million, developing a program to recruit international students in the wake of 9/11, and beginning the Accelerated Degree Program for non-traditional students are just a few examples.
We tend to think of faith as taking a leap into darkness, something we do with no idea whether or not we’ll be successful. But looking at the leaps MC has taken – and at some leaps from my own life – I’ve come to realize that a leap of faith isn’t always a leap into darkness. Quite often, it’s a leap into varying degrees of light.
For example, even though we had no guarantees, those of us responsible for making the decisions about Mississippi College mentioned above had access to information that led us to believe we would be successful. The same is true of decisions rooted in personal faith. Some decisions may seem like stepping into a bright, relatively sure light, while others feel more like taking a plunge into a dim gray space where the footing will be uncertain when we land.
While the Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:1 that faith is “being certain of things we do not see,” the Bible itself provides us with the information we need to take that leap. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible tells a unified story of faith tested, challenged, and rewarded, and provides us with the instruction we need to rely on that same faith in our own lives today.
In the following pages, you’ll meet people who have taken leaps into bright light, dim light, and every shade of gray in between. I hope this issue of the Beacon will encourage you in your daily walk of faith and inspire you to take those leaps of faith that are nothing less than life-changing.