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Saturday, October 25, 2008

How Revealing...

"What we believe is revealed, not by what we know, or say we know, but by how we actually live."

These words caught my eye. I have begun, once more to read Nancy Leigh DuMoss's book "Lies Women Believe and the Truths That Set Them Free" If you have never read it, it's a must. But, enough product placement, back to that quote. Re read it, go on. Now, sit down and think about it. So often we say we believe certain things about God, the Bible etc. But, do we live out what we say our beliefs are. One thought that jumped out at me as I was reading this was, I say that I believe Jesus is coming back. Why? The Bible tells me that. The Holy Spirit bears witness of it in my heart. I KNOW he is coming back! So...why am I not more concerned about those that are lost? Why do I not have more sense of urgency about me? I am not living what I say I believe...period! I believe he's coming back, but in the back of my mind I seem to think I have all this...time, to do what I need to do to prepare my loved ones and my children for this event.

The truth is, I have time, just not spare time. The Word tells us to redeem the time. It literally seems like yesterday that I brought my first child home, now she sings "There Is A Fountain" at the top of her lungs and never stops talking. It seems like yesterday that I was watching Jack pull up on the furniture, now he never stops running and requests prayer for Jesus every morning. The fact of the matter is, before I know it, God will be dealing with their hearts, he'll knock and give them opportunity to let him come into their heart and if I'm not real careful, I'll miss it. And if I'm not even more careful, I'll look back and have many more regrets about the way I lived my life and encouraged them to live. I know mistakes in parenting are inevitable, but I fear I'll have a lot of regrets that I could have avoided. What I guess I'm trying to say is, God's been good to me. I believe his word, but true belief comes through an outward showing of faith in the way we walk this journey. How's your trip going?

1 comment:

  1. I absolutly needed this post, you are so very right, It is so important that we not lose sight of the reason we are still here on this earth and that is to do the work that God has set before us, to tell others about HIM so that they to might be recipiants of this great salvation. I so often get so caught up in all that I have to get done each and every day that I waste precious time that could be spent in prayer for someone, or I spend to much time praying for my on self and the areas where I mess up that I don't get around to praying for someone else. How sorry I am for this! You have challenged me with so beautifully written post to be more for God this week than I was last week. Thank You for writing what was on your post. Brandie