practice makes perfect


Category : 1 Timothy, Jesus, Luke, Paul, taking action, trust


Life can feel so hard.

Some days the weight of it seems to be crushing. It’s in those moments where all the advice you’ve ever received just doesn’t seem like enough. Things like “trust God” or “God loves you” feel so empty, so meaningless.

Of course it’s not.

Those things are entirely true. But simply saying that doesn’t really solve anything. We need to have some way to put it all into practice. It’s almost as if we need to experience it before we can live it.

Have you ever met someone who just seemed to “shine” with an intense glow, as if there was something special radiating from them? While it’s unlikely they just ate a lamp, what is happening is their faith makes them look different. These are the people who are living out their trust in God. They know that God loves them, no matter what the situation.

Sometimes I think we expect things to come too easily. That believing in God is a magic pill that makes our life easy. When we see these “glowing” people we think their lives must be fine. That they aren’t experiencing problems, because if they had our problems, they wouldn’t be so intensely different.

But nothing is that easy. They have problems just like you and I. But they know something important: faith takes work.

Paul tells us that we should “Train [ourselves] in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:7-8)

Living out a life of faith doesn’t happen by accident. And it doesn’t happen over night. It takes (literally) practice. We have to make choices that bring us closer to God. And the more we do this, the more “radiant” we become.

If this seems like an impossible task just remember…even Jesus “grew in wisdom.” (Luke 2: 52)

Comments (2)

(Gasp!) Comments open?!?! I think I just heard the 7th trumpet sound. :)

Nice post. I agree about faith taking work, something only learned recently in the past few years. As a kid I knew this, but didn’t want to make th effort, because it meant making changes,. Oh if I only knew then what I know now.

Anyways, just wanted to chime in on another excellent post.

Keep up the “God” work.

Grace and peace be with you.

(d’oh!) How’d these comments get open?! Clearly I need to fire myself!

You make a really excellent point – how often do we know we need to make a change but don’t because it’s too much work, only to desperately wished we had done the work later!

Or maybe that just happens to me. :)

Thanks for stopping by as always. Your insight is always welcome.

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