What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brotheror a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “ You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. – James 2: 14-18 (NIV)
I’m in that place – the valley of decision – where fear and faith collide. Fear tugs on my ankles, pulling, stretching, weighing me down, while Faith on wings light and airy, hope-fueled, strength-infused lifts my arms, my eyes, my focus. Fear keeps me grounded, safe, familiar. Faith gives me hope, possibility, the ability to achieve dreams. I must choose with whom I will go.
It’s a hard choice to make, but only I can make it. Stay stuck, safe at the bottom, or climb to the top knowing I may fall, fail. I choose to climb. I choose the possiblity of failure in the place of never trying. I choose the hard road, because easy has gotten me nowhere. I choose to move forward, because staying here means stagnancy. I choose to try, because if I don’t I’ll never know. And after all, at the end of life people don’t regret the things they did, it’s the things they didn’t that haunt and loom large.
What’s the point of having faith if you don’t use it, and why believe in the God of the impossible if you won’t follow His lead? These are the questions I’ve grappled with – the ones that propel me forward.
2012 is fast approaching, and I am on a mission – to walk by faith, to step into the unknown, to conquer my fear, to obey His voice, to fulfill my calling. He is already there, and I’m going to meet Him. I’m going to stop asking and start listening.
What will you choose?
With that said, I would like to announce that I have published my first book. Containing 43 devotions chosen from the blog, it is meant to inspire, encourage, and empower. It is currently available in print here, and is available on Amazon for Kindle here. The print version will also be available for purchase on Amazon sometime in mid to late February. I will keep you posted. For my local friends, I will have some hard copies available in a couple of weeks, so let me know if you would like to get it from me rather than ordering.
I appreciate all of the encouragement and support I have received, and I am continuing to write my memoir. Although this has been a scary, difficult process, it is also the fulfillment of a life-long dream and I thank God for His amazing grace and the miracles He has performed in my life this past year!