Friday, August 31, 2012

I Dare You to Read

This blog has become something of a public journal for me, a place to articulate my thoughts about a matter so that I know for sure what I think about them.  I’m always amazed that anyone cares what I’m thinking about, but since people apparently do, I’ll let you know that I’ve been meditating a lot on Hebrews 11 lately.  For the non-Biblically literate, that’s a chapter of the Bible that gives a roll call of the “heroes of faith”.  It essentially gives us a working definition of faith and is therefore a key passage in the Bible -- because as verse 6 says, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.”  So, obviously, it is critical to know exactly what faith is.
So, I need to ponder and then articulate these ponderings for myself.  And I intend to do that here, in a series of posts.  Maybe every Friday.  Maybe more often, maybe less often.  We’ll see.
But here’s the thing.  I’ve noticed that I get more response and more readers when the topics I’m writing about are more controversial or confrontational.  Sometimes I need to work those thoughts out here.  But sometimes, I need to meditate on a truth God is dealing with in my heart.  I don’t seem to get much readership on those.  Oh, well.  It’s my blog.
Faith isn’t a very glamorous topic to write about.  It’s a bland word.  It’s something that the believer usually feels they’ve got a good handle on – that’s why they’re believers.  It’s something that the non-believer doesn’t care to hear about – that’s why they’re non-believers.
But I’m going to challenge you . . . no, dare you to read these posts anyway.  Not because I’m some fabulous writer who is going to inspire and illuminate the socks off of you (chances are, I won’t), but because of the same reason I’m choosing to write them: faith is critical.  Faith is not a subject to ignore.  Without faith it is impossible to please God.  If you’re interested in pleasing God, you need to know that you know what faith is and that you have it.  Even if you’re not interested in pleasing God, you need to at least understand what this faith thing is all about before you walk away from it.
So, there you go.  I dare you.  Read and ponder and articulate with me . . . and see if God doesn't work a change in your heart.  I'm expecting one in mine.  Coming soon . . .

1 comment:

Awake My Sole said...

Hey Gwen, in every speaking setting, one of the first things I i share about myself is how "faith" is very important to me. I mention, "for some it might not be important, but for me, it's very important." This last week, I was speaking at a public school, and I shared how faith was important to me, and afterwards a little second grader came up to me and said, "I have a friend named Faith."

It made me chuckle. I look forward to reading your posts on faith.

Blessings from Iowa City.