The "Thought for the Day" I posted today was: "If you're not going to practice what you believe, why bother believing?"
I've really been thinking about this lately. Being a Christian is work -- I mean, it's an active pursuit that's constant and on-going. It takes commitment, discipline, and time. I don't want a medal for that, but let's just say that living a Christian life is definitely something that you "do". (BTW, when I say "you", I am talking to myself as much as to anybody else).
So, why would I want to bother to put in the time and effort, yet not reap the benefits? That would be like building a new house and not living in it. Or, losing 10 pounds and not buying new clothes! Aren't we doing the same thing when we believe and confess our faith, yet the minute something starts to go south, we get all frazzled and act like we don't know what to do?! Here's my favorite --- we say (insert whiny, wimpy voice), "Well, I guess all we can do now is pray" (sigh). Really. Really?! Praying is EVERYTHING we can do. It's not the last resort. Prayer IS the resort. And the Result is Trust. And Rest. And Peace. Yet, too often, we trade those in for anxiety, worry, and angst, all because we don't practice what we believe. Lord, help us today to "Bother" to believe. And then act like it.
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