It’s Mom again, and I wanted to take some time and jot out a few things I want you guys to know and remember about the faith of your parents.
I have no clue if I’ll ever get an opportunity to share all of these things with you (because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed and neither is the next hour), or if one day you’ll just appreciate looking back on my paragraphed words, but whatever the case may be, I want to pen these words today…in this moment…while they are fresh on my mind and alive in my heart.
It is absolutely
my our prayer that these words would only serve as written reminders to the things we pray you have/will continue to hear in our words and see in our deeds as we attempt (by His grace) to live out our faith in front of you.
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. James 2: 14-17
So, here goes!
- We know that we fail at following Jesus, which is precisely why we need faith in the ONE who does not fail.
- We don’t have all the answers about our faith, and we never will; that’s why it’s called “faith.”
- We have stumbled, fallen, and sometimes even crawled in our journey of faith; the faith journey doesn’t always look like running.
- We don’t claim that our faith is “easy,” but we do believe it is “good.”
- We don’t follow a set of rules; we follow Jesus.
- We follow Jesus and because we do, we follow a set of rules.
- We have been arrogant (at times) about our faith and judgmental about the faith of others, but we have come to realize that the “spec” we see in others is just a glimpse of the “plank” we need to see in us.
- We have had to wrestle with the following question: “If _______ never happens, is God enough?” We don’t always live out that answer well, but we whole-heartedly believe that it will always be a a resounding “yes.”
- We can’t make our faith be yours, and we don’t want to.
- We believe that God’s Word is true even if we don’t want to believe it.
- We believe that following Jesus doesn’t always feel like “Jesus chills” and “God goosebumps.”
- We have found that following Jesus involves hills of suffering and burdened crosses.
- We have found that it’s a lot easier to follow Jesus when we renounce ourselves, submitting our needs, our wants, and our agendas to His conforming plan.
- We believe that our faith makes the most sense when it is lived within our
- We don’t look like the same followers of Jesus who first accepted Him as Savior–that’s not the goal.
- We recognize that we need HIM to follow HIM.
- We know that the only thing that separates us from the “world” is Jesus; it doesn’t have anything to do with us.
- We believe that following Jesus looks differently for everyone, but we haven’t always believed that.
- We recognize that it’s very easy to feign faith; we’ve done it.
- We know that though our faith in Jesus doesn’t always “make sense,” but it’s the only thing that has helped us “make sense” of everything else.
- We understand that following Jesus isn’t always popular, accepted, or appreciated; it’s never been.
- We need
a bunch of man-written booksHis Word to follow Him.
- We love you guys, but we love Jesus more.
- We believe that the biggest obstacle to our faith is choosing to believe the serpent’s lies over His Truth–not much has changed.
- We are confident that when you see Jesus in us, you aren’t really seeing us.
- We know that life is full of “silly,” but we don’t believe that following Jesus is one of those things.