Quotable: Ants in the Pants of Faith

I’m working on a sermon based on John 20:19-31, which is the story commonly known as “Doubting Thomas.” I looked up “Doubt” in Beyond Words and was once again struck by Frederick Buechner’s way with words. I know that this is the third day I’ve quoted him, but this is really worth sharing. I promise that I won’t have any mention of him here tomorrow.

Whether your faith is that there is a God or that there is not a God, if you don’t have any doubts, you are either kidding yourself or asleep. Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.— Frederick Buechner 1

In what ways have your doubts kept your faith awake and moving?


1 Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004), 85.