Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Being Faithful

I came to the belief some years ago, that the heart and soul of the Christian life, complicated as we make it, can actually be summed up in these two words: Being Faithful. Faithful in the little things. Faithful in the big things. Faithful in everything in between.

That surely doesn't mean that it's easy. For this is where real life is. Rubber meeting road, and all that. It has been in the little areas of life that I have most often struggled in my journey.

God has been stretching me in the closing months of 2010, and the early days of 2011. Asking me to trust Him a little more here and there. Requiring a more consistent faithfulness in areas that have long plagued me. I confess I've gone into some of it kicking and screaming. That's just the truth. Holding on to the old ways with knuckle-whitening intensity...out of fear.

But for the first time in my life I have seen the principle played out: God is faithful as we are faithful!

Yes, I know this is so simple. You learned that years ago! I've heard the testimonies to this fact for most of my life. I can't really explain why I'm so late to the party.

All I know is God has been showing His power and proving Himself in our lives in ways that are new to us. And it has been such a faith-booster. Such a comfort.

That's all I really wanted to share in this first post of the year. Doesn't seem very profound when I lay it all out there. Maybe some reader will find that it strikes a chord and gives them the boost they need to abandon the old ways and apply themselves to the Way like never before. May it be so!

Lord, where I am weak, You are strong. Help me to be faithful to You in ALL things.


Kimberly said...

i think it's probably more profound than you think...
good words...love ya!

Juwah said...

Good thoughts friends. I agree it is the "small stuff" that really ends up molding us into His image. I'll continue to lift you and Derek to our Father. We are on this journey of learning together.

The Dickinsons said...

Thank you, Tara, for this good post...and for all your sweet comments and prayers for our Elijah.
Right now we are looking at a house and praying that if it's God's will he will work it out. Here most people don't want to rent to anyone who has more than 2 children. But...God is ABLE!!! =)