I posted two posts in the last two days: one about teaching (catechism) and then the other about prayer/scripture. They feel like solid pieces. Which left me thinking: So, how do I follow them up?

One foot in front of the other.

There is an old saying: “Christianity hasn’t been tried and found wanting, it has been tried and found difficult and then abandoned.”

I have days where I agree with this assessment and others where I do not.

It’s easy when I’m “trusting in Christ”. It’s easy when things are going rather well. It’s easy when I’m ignoring a problem.

It’s hard when the Lord is testing me with events around me. It’s hard when the prayer goes unanswered. It’s hard when the knife I put to my own will doesn’t want to go in so easily today.

Writing and talking about catechism and prayer/scripture reading is easy. Encouraging others to do it is fairly easy. Doing it, well, that’s a little tougher. Because it requires engaging my mind, my will and my soul. If all three are not focused on the task, then it is in vain. My affections must be focused on Him. My doctrines must be focused on Him. My practices of life must be focused on Him. But remember, the strength to do all of this comes only from Him, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I’m really trusting in Christ when I dig that knife into my own self will.

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