"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?