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How can you physically put your faith in action today? In what circumstance in your life is God calling for you to step out, pick up that stone, and follow Him? How does the above quote impact your struggles in this area?
Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.
Since I live in the Pacific Time zone, I always get my posts up at night to catch all you early birds with your morning coffee. So tonight I came home from Bible Study and made my way to my computer to check in for tomorrow’s topic. I read Heather’s post. It was great. But then I sat there, waiting for my ideas to gel and nothing happened. And I mean nothing.
No great challenges or circumstances came to mind.
My days are full and I collapse in bed each night, weary and begging for more hours before my son wakes me up for another marathon of a day. But emotionally and spiritually I seem to be in a green valley, lazily resting by calm cool waters. And oh it is so nice. And I have needed this respite for so long.
And now that I have this beautiful break from turmoil – a peaceful calm rests over me. Although you would never guess it if you saw me stressing out during my day, trying to get everything done, I am really at peace under all the daily stress of living.
So when I read Heather’s question I was stumped.
No Goliaths showed up in my mind. I didn’t sense God highlighting any huge issue for me to face. There were no calls to foreign mission fields, no leaps of faith to take. No specific person or situation came to mind. I didn’t sense any particular circumstance where God was calling me to step out in faith.
“This can’t be! There has to be something!” I panicked. “First of all, we all know I am very far from perfect. I have got lots of work to do. And second – I need to write a post! I mean come on God – don’t leave me here without a post!”
So I went upstairs and lay very still on my bed, staring up at the ceiling, asking and waiting. “God how can I, as an exhausted but content mom, whose life is consumed by the minutiae of parenting, step out in faith today?”
And then it hit. And I felt almost silly for not realizing it sooner.
God is calling me to live out a life of faith in the details.
Yes, there will inevitably be huge hurdles ahead. My faith will be challenged and rocked, my heart torn apart. But for this moment, I am to model faith for my son and my family daily, from morning till night, no matter what the day includes. (Now maybe that is a huge thing!)
I must choose to actively live out my faith in the hidden hurdles that challenge me before I even see them coming – when I am tempted to argue with my husband instead of offering grace, when I am weary and ready to grumble, when I am lazy and don’t bother to pray, when I am too busy and I miss my child’s request to play with him, when I am angry and I lose my temper…
A life of faith is tested in many ways and the defining moments are not always where we expect them to be. We may rise to meet a huge Goliath and then stumble on our way home, revealing a faithless heart.
As mothers, we are tested every second it seems. Many days I have lost my patience before I even get out of the house. And yet little, impressionable souls watch and learn from us! We are modeling an active faith for them.
Blessed by this insight, I got up and made my way downstairs to my laptop, realizing that I may not have one battle ahead of me tomorrow, but many. I will need to gather many stones for my slingshot and then walk forward, alert and ready to fight each temptation that gets ready to take down my faith.
And these battles matter, not only for me, but also for my child who is watching and taking notes.
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