The Carver family loves a good ballgame. This week we’ve watched the kids play basketball and soccer. Within the next month we’ll add in baseball into the mix…and see an increase in the number of basketball and soccer games. Weekends are wild…as Hollianne and I divide and conquer the schedule to transport our kids all over East Tennessee (and beyond). And we love it.
While none of our children will ever be accused of being the next sports prodigy, they have learned valuable life lessons from their involvement in sports. Traits such as being active and making things happen. The competition has taught them not be afraid of a challenge and being bold in pursuit of a goal.
As much as I admire these traits, I often find myself in a struggle to adhere to these principles in my spiritual life.
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:17
It’s one thing to have the spiritual maturity to recognize sin- but another thing to have the courage to do something about it.
Sin separates us from a relationship with Jesus. With sin there is fear that keeps us standing on the sidleine…out of the action…and keeps us from being spiritually effective.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2
God calls for us to be active. Active in our stance for what is right and just. Active in advancing the good news of Jesus while on this earth.
Pray for me to be bold when fear encourages me to stay on the sideline. And let me know if I can pray for you.
“Our days begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Keith, this is beautifully written.
I pray that you will continue to be a warrior for The Lord. Dress yourself in the armaments of His sword and armor – His Holy word and the truth – that is so very powerful when spoken by one who Loves and seeks Him. Be blessed as you boldly go. May the promised spiritual gifts be honed and accentuated in you. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
Thank you for the prayer, Lea Anne.