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Faith is active. In fact, James would say that faith without action is dead. (James 2:17) If your faith does not produce action then is it really faith? I might say that I have faith that my husband can bake a great tasting cake. But whenever he bakes a cake I refuse to eat it, do I really have faith?

If I say that I have faith in God it must be active. I must be willing to take steps even when all I can see is the first step. God doesn’t promise us a well illuminated path, but He does promise that He will walk every step with us. I would rather be with God in the dark, than alone in the light.

Usually, the first step in any direction is the hardest. Once you begin moving, fear fades and you begin to gather momentum. When I step out the door in the morning to run, even though I do it every day, there is always a doubt rolling around in my head that I won’t be able to run today. I know that sounds crazy, but once I start putting one foot in front of the other, the doubts disappear. It is all about the first step.

God wants us actively living out our faith. That might mean talking to someone new today. That might mean giving some money to someone who needs it. That might mean cooking a meal for a family or helping a friend paint their deck. It might mean quitting your job and going back to school. Living out your faith has no set structure, it just means listening to God and being willing to follow even when the path isn’t clear.

Take the first step.

Much Grace

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