Our Pastor has been on a theme lately, saying more than once that "God is not going to give you B until you've done A". He's mentioned this several times in recent sermons, and it's kind of turned into a 'preaching directly to me' moment. You know, those times when you sit there in the pew, heart thumping, sweating, and hoping to avoid eye contact with the preacher and everybody else in the room.
Well, I've taken to heart this "A before B" insight. In fact, writing this blog is one of my A's. I fought it pretty hard for a long time. "I don't have time to write a blog right now, God. You know how busy I am at work. Besides, Lord, I'm not qualified to write a Christian anything". Meanwhile, I've been praying like a mama on prom night about some current 'life stuff' (my "B"), and I just don't understand why nothing's happening!
Hmmm, OK..... Well, I guess it can't hurt to go ahead and try the A, the blog. I love to write. I'm OK at it, I guess. Lord knows, I certainly have some 'life material' to write about! So, here I am, doing the A. And you know what? Faith By Dummy has been in print for about 6 months now, and I am starting to see some signs of B! And that's a beautiful thing.
But, before we pass the plate and sing the invitation hymn, I want to be clear on something: This A for B thing is NOT some kind of BOGO, get-rich-quick deal with God. What it is, is a matter of a) getting a little uncomfortable and inconvenienced for what I believe in. It's about b) surrendering to what I know (through prayer) God has called me to do right now. And, c) it's about trust and obedience. THESE are why my B is showing up.
So, I gotta ask..... What's your B? More importantly, what's your A? Starting a ministry? Dedicating your finances? Upping your church attendance? Forgiving somebody that doesn't deserve it? Whatever it is, I hope you'll do it, and do it soon. 1 out of 1 Bloggers at Faith By Dummy highly recommend it.