I sometimes think it’s strange to see the ideas of religion and faith used interchangeably. I recognize the connections, but also see a lot of distinctions between the two ideas.
Religion is clearly defined with rules, customs and principles. Traditions guide actions, and holidays are charged with different convictions.
But faith? Faith means a lot of different things to different people. It might mean acceptance in a higher power, or hope during hard times. Faith can represent a desire for a certain outcome or simply maintaining strength amid certain obstacles.
I’ve always seen faith as the belief that no matter how bad things might get–how hard or unfathomably overwhelming–they always get better. It means hanging onto that lone sliver of confidence and optimism, even when it’s slippery as hell, because deep down a part of you knows it won’t last forever. And it never does.