working at faith

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Category : God, faith

   

I am beginning to realize that faith involves a lot of work.  I used to think that becoming a Christian was the hard part, that once I worked through my doubts it would be smooth sailing.  But it’s not.  And in some ways it’s harder.

When I first became a Christian there was the excitement of understanding.  The excitement of it all being new.  Every day brought some astonishing realization.  But eventually the newness wears off.

This, I think, is a dangerous time for Christians.  We can so easily lapse into bad habits.  Excitement can be replaced by staleness.  Joy replaced by repetition and habits.  We can fall away from God, just because it’s easier than staying close.

Maintaining your faith takes a lot of work, and unfortunately a fair amount of the D-word, “discipline.”  We need to craft new habits of reading our Bibles, praying, going to church, and whatever else you may need to stay focused on God.

It’s hard to do this on days we’re busy or tired.  Trust me, I know.  There are many days (like today) I don’t feel like studying or praying.  Sometimes I even want God to leave me alone.  But I fight against those urges.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last few years it is this: God is the only place we can really find meaning and worth.  

Maintaining any relationship, even one with God, is hard work. But it is always worth it.

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