July 6, 2016

An Argument for Doing Over Being


I am sure you have heard the phrase "who you 'be' is more important than what you do." 
I agree with this statement on many levels. In a culture that says you are defined by your job, your looks, what you have or don't have, the kind of car you drive and just how close to the wedding band, white picket fence, 2.5 kids, and minivan you are - it is an important reminder to us Christians as to what really matters. Having an identity that is rooted and established in Christ is foundational in our walk as Christians. Being a person of character, convictions, and integrity is monumental. 

Today, I want to flip that thought on it's head and pose that sometimes, what you do is more important than who you 'be'.

The other day I was in a mood. I had no reason to be in a mood. But, after a week of non-stop peopling, my introverted self just wanted some "no talkie" time. I am sure you know how this story goes and you would be right. In walks the person who likes to do lots of talkie. She is a verbal processor {:which I am so not:} and she apparently had a lot to process. Lucky me. If we are being honest, the moment she invited herself in to my 'no talkie' time I was already uninterested in anything she might want or need to say. {:What a stellar example of a Christian I am. I know:} The truth is she was having an absolute crap day. And when everything in me wanted to tell SeƱorita Talks A Lot to march right back to wherever she came from I chose to pray for Holy Spirit to help me to be what she needed in that moments - ears of compassion and a voice of encouragement. 

There was not an ounce of my 'be'ing that wanted to hear what she had to say. Yet, I chose to 'do' what I should do.

Another honesty moment. I don't always feel like doing the Christiany things we are "suppose" to do. I don't always feel like reading my Bible. I don't always feel like going to church. I don't always feel like making a joyful noise. Sometimes I just don't feel like talking. Sometimes I just don't feel much of anything. But it is in those moments that I have to recognize that I am still a work in progress. I am changed, and changing still. In my 'be'ing I am not yet fully Christ like and in recognizing that, our doing then rises up out of our convictions. 

I may not always feel like being a leader {:because it's hard, remember:} but I have a conviction that I know I was put where I am to lead. I don't always feel like paying my tithe, but I do it because I have a conviction that I will build His house before I build my own. 

Sometimes it's not all about the doing. But, maybe, just maybe, sometimes it is.  
“But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.” 
Matthew 7:26-27 {:MSG:}
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