On Christmas Eve at bedtime, my nine-year old daughter Ashtyn decided that she simply MUST camp out in the living room next to the fireplace so that she could catch Santa in the act of coming down the chimney.
She NEEDED this proof because she doubted his existence. Which is not shocking to me because about two weeks ago she asked me some very tough ‘yes or no’ questions and I gave her the real answers reluctantly, yet truthfully.
ARE YOU DESPERATE TO BELIEVE?
So even armed with the truth, from a very credible source – including all the whys and hows – she still is desperate to believe in Santa.
While I LOVE this about my daughter (there are times I fight to still believe in him too), I wish that more Christians were so passionate about believing in God and His goodness.
Grownups seem so quick to turn their beliefs off. One rumor from someone about how God ‘failed’ them (in their opinion). Listening to another person spewing doubt all over everyone. Trying to reason about why that just might have a point – and BAM! You have gone from a believer to a doubter.
SO WHY NOT DOUBT?
Know what doubters get? They get exactly what they believe – nothing!
Only it must be in faith that he asks with NO wavering (NO hesitating, NO doubting).
No camping out in the living room of looking for proof to see if God comes down the chimney with the answer to your prayer the way that you want it answered. (I added this part)
For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive ANYTHING [he asks for] from the Lord, a man of two minds, [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides]. – James 1:6-8 with the emphasis and add-ons by me 🙂
HOLD ON WITH BOTH HANDS!
Cling to believing like Ashtyn clings to her belief about Santa. Child-like faith pleases God! Without faith (believing in the unseen) it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God.
Say right now (ok, maybe in your head if you’re at your desk at work) I DO BELIEVE!!!!!
Never stop believing. That is the one limiter to God.
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Oh and by the way, Ashtyn reported to me Christmas morning that she was indeed awakened in the middle of the night by footsteps and jingle bells.
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