While the world is striving to attain perfection, I realize the only perfect One took my place, as a perfect sacrifice, on a cross. Through Him my weaknesses are made strong. I'm not afraid to be different, because I AM different. I'm a child of The Most High. I can be imperfect because I am loved by a Perfect God.

Praying for Direction. Lift by Prayer. Working for Peace. Labor by Power. Driven by Love. Love by Patience. Living by Faith. Live by Presence. Held by Hope. Learn by Faith.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Where Faith Begins

I went out on bus route tonight, to visit my kids before Sunday. At my last house, there was quite a large conglomeration of people sitting outside and chatting.  As Ty and I approached, everyone stopped to look at us. I greeted them and proceeded to ask if the kids were coming to church this Sunday.  There was a guy hanging out in the back of the group who spoke up and said his son had come the previous Sunday...and asked if I remembered.  I told him I did (my friends joke that I have the memory of a computer). Then I looked at the guy and said "You're name is Michael, right?" He said "Yeah! How do you remember that?!" So I proceeded to tell him when and where we met, which opened up the conversation for us to talk a little bit.

After we had gotten in the car to leave, I told Ty, "People love to be remembered.  If you can remember someone's name, you have won half the battle of winning them over" He laughed at me, but as serious as I was I gently felt God prick my heart.

Yes, I may have remembered Michael's name, and I remembered where we met, but honestly, I can't tell you ONE thing about him.

I quietly pondered this nudging.

How many times am I simply satisfied with just recognizing people; to know their face, but not their story?  How can I truly love someone without ever knowing them?

That's when I felt God nudge me again. How many times have I settled with Him?

All too often I am perfectly content with just recognizing Him.  I can acknowledge His creation, I can be in awe of His blessings, I can even respond to His presence....all while only recognizing Him.

This is a greater calling. This is a "deep calls to deep".  It's about knowing God's heart.  It's about hearing His voice.  It's walking in His perfect will.  Truly knowing God is more than feeling His love for people, it's about demonstrating it.

This is where Faith begins.  The point of letting go of all reserve.  Faith comes when you hear the word "walk" but see no path.