What’s Your Story? – Final Stretch

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Seeing my words in print for the first time changed something inside my mind (although seeing them now makes me cringe). What I had once only imagined became reality, and I felt driven to further develop my skills. Before that moment, my writing had only served me. My ideas and words filled pages that no one was allowed to see.

For years, I wanted to be a writer, but my actions told a different story. Wanting without doing something to purposely obtain what I desired only continued the cycle of merely wanting.

The same goes for growing my faith. For years, my spirit was as strong as possible from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays, with the occasional Bible study during the week. But my love for God fell on deaf ears. How could I share my faith if I only listened to the word when it served my purpose? Such selfishness couldn’t reach others.

James 1:22-24
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 

Once I stopped fooling myself, the church became my family. My want for religion turned into a faith walk to grow my spirituality. My struggles are less because my focus is more. I look forward to the day when all of my brothers and sisters can stop fooling themselves and say, “I’m done pretending. I want the real thing” (lyrics from “Real Thing” by Dante Bowe).

Questions:
Are you actively pursuing God throughout the week? Do your actions reflect the story you’re trying to tell?

Next Steps:
Make a daily plan to grow your faith and understanding. Start your morning with prayer. Read the LivingItOut. Live life with others and learn from their differences. Join a small group.

Prayer:
Lord, thank you for giving me life and opening up my heart. Help me to find new ways to reach those who want to know your love. Thank you for blessing me with people in my life who were patient enough to share their faith with me. May I never lose sight of your purpose for my life. Amen.


This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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6 replies
  1. Marsha Raymond
    Marsha Raymond says:

    Thank you Jaron! Great job. I am glad you stepped out of your comfort zone and write for the LIO. Your words bless me

  2. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Thank you Jaron, I have felt the same way! I’m so glad you chose to join the LIO team and share your insights. It’s great having you share your faith journey with us!

  3. Martha Smith
    Martha Smith says:

    Jaron I love this sentence, “Once I stopped fooling myself, my church became my family.” Amen, brother!

    Thank you for sharing your God given talent so eloquently.

  4. Dawn Bellner
    Dawn Bellner says:

    Thanks Jaron! I have read several of your Living it Out posts and I am so grateful to our Lord for you and being willing to share your story with us.

  5. Casey Stengel
    Casey Stengel says:

    Always giving me a new song to listen to and teaching me another great lesson! I truly value our friendship Brother!

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