Monday, February 24, 2014

Ask AND Act

Today, I read something super cool in the book of John in the bible. Remember that scripture that says "Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only"? Well, I don’t know if you’ve ever read what John says after that, but it was something super profound for me this morning: "For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man, beholding his natural face in a glass; For he behold himself, and goeth his way, and straightaway forgetteth what manner of man he was."

Isn’t that kind of a funny analogy? When I read that I just imagined someone looking at himself in the mirror, walking away, and forgetting what he looked like. But isn’t that what happens almost daily with many people? We spend so much time looking in the mirror and trying to fit into the mold of what others think we should be, that when we walk away we forget who we really are. We change our opinions and desires and, most dangerously, our actions according to the advice of others. Maybe we spend too much time worrying about what others think, and not enough time concerned with what God thinks. 

We can find counsel and advice from a billion different sources these days. Good, bad, soul-damaging, you name it. But really, who we listen to is our decision. We can choose to take the advice of those looking at the outside and change our appearance and beliefs to conform to a million different opinions. Or, we can look to the one source that really knows who we are, for the only opinion that matters. We are literally children of God and he knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows our weakness and our strengths, our likes and dislikes, and most importantly our potential. He knows that we can someday become like Him if we will choose to make the decisions today that will lead to that outcome. We don’t have to forget who we are, because God knows us and if we ask him, he will help us remember. This help, however, comes with a price. In order to receive the assurance of self-confidence and strength of character that we are asking for we have to be willing to act on his advice.  We have to be willing to be "doers of the word."

Is that a challenge you are willing to take? 
1-ASK God to remind you who you were and then 
2-ACT on the response he gives you?

Its not an easy thing to do, but I know that if we will take the advice of John, we will find the strength we need to make it through in this crazy world. 

I love you all. Thank you for the prayers and support.

Con amor, Hermana Jones

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