While watching “Do You Believe?” today, one of the characters spoke of a passage in Matthew that relays the idea that belief is an action. And right away, I knew that was something I needed to hear.
I spoke with a dear friend last night about how we know certain truths about God, but they haven’t necessarily sunk in yet. We know that God loves us and desires us and that’s all we should need, but we still don’t feel satisfied [though we desperately want to]. We spoke of our struggles and sins that we resort in times of stress, sadness, anxiety, trouble, disappointment or when life gives us more lemons than we could ever hope to juggle.
I also feel, from time to time, that I want so desperately to feel my belief. There are somedays when I feel so in-tune with my spirituality – like my soul comes alive during worship. But there are other times I feel like I’m grudging through a history book while I’m reading the Bible. Sometimes, I get more feelings from my fiction novels than I do THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD. But luckily, I’m reminded that isn’t all about how I feel.
With this in mind, while hearing the words belief is an action, I also heard a still small voice saying:
- Belief is saying no to temptation.
- Belief is reading the Bible even when it’s not sinking in.
- Belief is choosing moderation instead of overindulgence.
- Belief is spending an evening God or other-centered, versus self-centered.
- Belief is writing encouraging letters to friends and family.
- Belief is sharing your struggles so others can learn from your story, or know that they are not alone.
- Belief is going to church, even when you’d rather sleep in.
- Belief is getting out of bed in the morning.
- Belief is making friends with a stranger.
- Belief is praying.
- Belief is going out of your comfort zone.
- Belief is forgiving people you don’t want to forgive.
- Belief is letting go of grudges.
- Belief is listening to the still small voice.
- Belief is trusting God will provide you with a better life than you could ever dream of.
- Belief is accepting that God made you beautifully [or handsomely] and allowing yourself to be just that [and avoiding the comparison game].
- Belief is taking good care of yourself (with the help of God), so that you can take care of others.
- Belief is nailing your sins to a tree, letting go and accepting God’s grace and unconditional love.
- Belief is being crazy for Christ and boldly sharing that craziness with the world!
Belief is giving God what you have right now. Maybe it’s just words. I believe in You. I don’t feel it, but I know it. I know I love You. I know I am thankful for You. Say them enough, and in His time they will have meanings. And those meanings will become actions. And those actions will be shared. And they will be experienced. And someone else will have words, and then meanings, and then actions to be shared with another. God’s not asking you for more than you’ve got. He wants you as you are.
Maybe you want something to believe in, but don’t feel like you’re ready. Tell God. He knows you. He’s waiting for you. He wants you as you are.
Do something. Believe.
“I’m not sure any of us get to see the whole picture. The God’s Eye View, so to speak. It would be easier if we could. It would help us for the long road ahead. Yet we have to battle and let love invade those dark and despairing places.
It’s like we’re little children, sitting on the floor. Gazing up at the backside of a tapestry that’s being woven. To our eyes, it sometimes looks ugly. The colors are a jumble, and none of it makes much sense.
But one day, we’ll no longer be sitting on the floor. We’ll come around to the other side. And the genius of God’s handiwork will become clear. At the center of it all, we’ll see the cross.
But in that immense tapestry, we’ll also see the single, unique thread – the only one of its kind and color – that our own life has added to the piece.
The one thread, without which the whole thing would somehow be incomplete.
Personally, I can’t wait to see His masterpiece.”
Do You Believe? [Pure Flix – 2015]