I love reading the book of James. I love how it is so straight forward on things I should and shouldn’t be doing. I don’t know about you, but I like a list. It’s pretty easy to make two lists in my journal. One side has all the things the bible has to say about what I should be doing. The other side states all the things that I should stay away from. That’s the easy part. The difficult part is all the stuff that doesn’t fit into one category or the other, the stuff that falls in the gray areas. Everything on the list - I feel like I can accomplish on my own. Sure, there are times where I’m tempted and times when I mess up, but it mostly comes down to my own doing. This doesn’t require much faith. This type of following Jesus is really all about me and what I can do. I don’t think that’s where Jesus wants me. I think He loves it when I find myself stuck in a gray area because then, I realize how much I need Him. I need to seek His wisdom. I need to spend more time in prayer and more time quietly listening for His guidance. Jesus doesn’t need me. What I think He wants though is for me to realize more often how much I need Him.
Director of Family Ministry