One of the lessons we learned in yesterday’s message (from the story of Simeon and Anna in Luke 2:22-39), was the persistent practice of faithfulness. After worship the question was asked: “In daily terms, what does it mean to practice faithfulness?” which I’m highly confident is exactly the question anticipated and hoped for by your favorite or at least second favorite preacher. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the good preacher did not address the answer to the question in the sermon. I’m sure that was an intentional decision. It is an individual choice to define and act upon what it means to practice faithfulness each day. For sure, there are the predicable and easy responses. We all know… pray more, study more, attend worship more, give more and serve more and yes, these are essential for our spiritual health. But does not how those actions take form depend on the context of the situation? It’s been said, “Easy to do moves us towards our outcomes. Easy not to do moves us away from what we say we want. It’s as simple as that. It’s a choice. A choice that requires us to accept personal responsibility for our outcomes. A choice that stops the excuses. A choice that sets us apart from the 95% that will always choose easy not to do.” Sitting in my thinking chair – which (thanks to Molly) no longer conforms to my comfortable and comforting sitting posture, I invited myself to reflect on how I practice daily faithfulness. This is how far I got: I live with a deepening trust in God and intentionally experiencing gratitude. I choose to live with an evolving sense of expectancy, a growing commitment to justice, and an emerging presence of joyfulness. I choose to live with an expanding attentiveness and by producing goodness. Someone once said, “I need to remind myself of what do I want, and what do I have to do to get it.” The difference between getting it and not getting it, really comes down to doing what’s easy to do, and most things are easy to do, (like persistently practicing your faithfulness each day.) You just have to do it.
Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:9
“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you”
How do you embody persistence?
How do you practice your faith?
Who taught you the most meaningful lessons and what were they?
Prayer: Holy God, fill me with the grace to seek you faithfully this day and in all the days to come out, let me live in goodness and trust in your peace. Amen