Many people want to be healthier and in better shape. Today the number of popular diet program options is mind boggling. Keto. Paleo. Intermittent Fasting. Cleanses. Mediterranean, just to name a few.
Do you, too, want to get in better shape? If so, I have one question that I must ask; do you want a short-term or a long-term solution?
Many people want to look nice for an upcoming event or reunion, but fewer seek to sustain a life change that will make a difference for the long haul. Do you want to cut excess sugar for the next 10-20 years, or is this a short-term fancy? Are you willing to keep at your exercise plan for years and years, or is it related to some short-term goal?
Sometimes people address their faith-life in a similar way. They want to get in “spiritual shape;” they are hoping it will happen by magic, and they put their hope in a “crash-diet” of Sunday sermons and crisis prayers. Many of us hope that we can build faith in our lives very quickly, and that once it is built it need not be attended any further. But faith is a continual matter of choice; it is built through decision after decision after decision to believe in and obey God. Faith is a “muscle” that must be continually exercised. And, the larger the muscle, the larger the amount of weight and strain needed to build it up. God uses hardships and challenges in our lives as tools to build increasing faith.
Are you looking for short-term faith fancies, or are you willing to make faith choices for the rest of your life? Recognize that often our disappointments in life are actually appointments with God to build faith!
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
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