A personal goal for 2012 is to focus on the word believe. Why? It’s one of the most important words in the Bible…
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoeverÂ believesÂ in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Our walk to believe is like a series of hurdles…
btw, I see a hurdle as an opportunity… maybe more like a milestone… not that I’m clearing all of my hurdles… no biggie, remember, hurdles are forgiving… you don’t have to clear every one of them to keep moving forward… I’ve only cleared some of mine… however… I keep advancing toward the finish line… doing my very best and giving it all I’ve got!
The hurdles to believe… maybe we cross the first one when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Another is our public profession of faith, our Baptism. From there, the journey continues… hopefully… we continue to grow in our faith, learning and applying the knowledge… or wisdom… that we pick up along the way. The milestones, or hurdles, for each of us may be a little different. The timing and events that comprise my journey may be quite different from yours…
The biggest milestone along the journey, for me, was when my faith became bigger than the questions I had about God. I still have questions… some that are significant, some that are really itty bitty…
When my faith became bigger than the questions is the point in time when I can say my faith became most important… and the point at which I put God first in my life. That’s my biggest hurdle… my most important milestone to believe.
What has been your biggest hurdle along the journey to believe?
My biggest hurdle has been the concept of surrender to God. Ouch that’s hard! After all, He made me brilliant in everything I do, right?
I stumble every time I meet the hurdle of surrender. But I make it over (sometimes skinning my shins) when I remember that since God created the universe, He knows more than I do. So, surrender is actually the most brilliant thing I can do.
I’m enjoying your “believe” posts this year.
Love that train of thought Carol, congrats on clearing the surrender hurdle, it’s huge!!
It’s tough for me to believe that He will Provide financially sometimes…but he always shows me…he does…even if it’s at the last minute…
He is always amazing me in this way too Arny, incredible!!
Man, this is so true. Belief and faith are so crucial. They’re really the essential backbone of everything else.
that’s funny… the hurdles sort of look like a backbone in a way I guess 🙂
I love your topic “Hurdles” and “believe”. My heart has been focused the same way. We have those daily hurdles, and getting over them can be a challenge, but I praise the Lord, he gives me courage to go on even if I get my foot in my mouth…LOL Great post Chris!
He’s always there to pick us up when we fall down!
I really like the hurdle analogy. Failing to clear a hurdle slows our progress but it doesn’t automatically take us out of the race. You may have just changed the way I see trials in life.
Trials are sort of like the hurdles, they build character and require us to think on our feet!!
Complacency… or possibly arrogance are hurdles for me.
When life is going good, I can be tricked into thinking I don’t need to believe, have faith… trust.
But it’s true. The hurdles are good as long as we’re aware of them.
Yep, for sure Andrew! Man… pride, or ego too… when I think I’ve got it all figured out and really don’t need God… life is good and stays that way when I’m focused on Him 🙂