One of the things I really appreciate about my parents is how practical their Christianity is. By their example, I realized that Christianity applies to every waking minute, every task you put your hand to, every thought that graces (or attacks!) your consciousness.
The very cool thing about faith becoming an everyday, practical living sort of thing is that suddenly, amazing passages of scripture apply to me! I don’t have to be hosting revival meetings in sub-Saharan Africa for the writing of Paul to have meaning in my life. You know?
Like this one, for example:
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. (2 Cor 9:8)
That verse has been a rock of truth so many days in the last six months. When I’m exhausted. Weary. Unsure. Stretched thin. Empty. Probably popular counsel would tell me that I should call Ryan, tell him to get home and watch the kids, and go to the spa for a day. ‘Cause, you know, I clearly need me time. But this life-giving, empowering Word tells me this: God can make all grace abound to me. In Him, I have all sufficiency. And I have an abundance for every good deed.
Deeds like speaking patiently. Doing more laundry. Even folding and putting away that laundry. Being awake because I can’t sleep on the job. (You know, the big things.) Serving my husband faithfully.Smiling.
When a nagging whisper tells me I don’t have enough to give a single bit more to anyone, the Word tells me there is a Fount that never runs dry. There is grace, sufficiency, and abundance.
That is the kind of Christianity I need.
And that is the kind of God we serve.