It's easy to sit in church on Sunday and believe. It's the going home and wrestling that belief out into our hearts, actions and our everyday lives throughout the week that is the challenge.
It’s easy to hear truth preached loud and shout our amens with passion. It’s the painful and broken amen required of us that is the challenge.
It’s easy to sing the words proclaiming desire for God to build our faith. It’s the actual taking those steps of faith when everything feels unsure and unstable and unsafe and unseen that is the challenge.
It’s easy to love God in the moment of blessing and rescue. It’s loving God in the moments right after your world has crumbled to pieces, after God’s promises seem to have come up short, after all hope seems lost, that is the challenge.
It’s easy to plan and prepare for some hard obedience, full of faith in God’s care and call. It’s the crushing moments of isolation and discouragement as you walk in your obedience day after day after day that are the challenge.
It’s easy to live out our faith in our heads. It’s the actual speaking of words and reaching out of hands and committing to actually following through that is the challenge.
It’s easy to see a problem from a safe distance. It’s the going all in with your heart, the letting yourself be broken over sin, the actual confession and repentance and change that is a challenge.
It’s often easy see and feel. It’s the doing, the living, the walking out the truth day after day after week after month after year and never giving up...
that is the challenge.
And that is the goal.
So often we make our goal the moments of feeling or seeing or hearing the truth, instead of the long work of living and doing the truth.
I’m guilty of this kind of thinking. So are you. We all are.
Will we read these words and nod our amens and move on with our lives? Or will we do the work to press these truths deep into our soul?
Will we do the work to put reminders in front of our hearts and our eyes day after day? Reminders to keep on. Reminders of the what and the why. Reminders of the Who. Reminders to dig in and press in with our whole hearts, not just with our ears.
It's easy to hear and plan and think and know.
It's the doing and the living that's the challenge.