But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete. Luke 6:49
My sweet, eleven-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, has a tender heart. The positive side of that is she has immense compassion for others. She puts others before herself and goes out of her way to help anyone in need.
The negative side of having a tender heart is that it bruises easily. When that happens, she gets overwhelmed by her feelings and doesn’t know what to do with them.
We had a heart-bruising day last Friday.
As the emotions overwhelmed her, I grounded Jocelyn in the fact that if we looked at the situation from a different angle, it could be a wonderful opportunity to practice forgiveness and acceptance.
It took a while, but she eventually understood that she’s never going to be able to manage her emotions if she doesn’t start practicing. None of us is good at the hard stuff. But the more often we work through it, the better we get.
Jesus knows we’ll never be perfect in our faith. All He asks is that we try. When we hear His Word, He wants us to put it into practice. Like anything, the more we try, the better we get.
The better we get, the more it becomes automatic to lean into our faith when the torrents of trouble strike our house. That’s the only way to keep our foundation from collapsing. It’s also the only way we attain steady and lasting peace.
I’ve never asked my kids to be perfect, but I’ve always asked them to try. Jocelyn did just that on Friday, and surprised herself when she worked through the emotions and found joy on the other side.
Questions for Reflection:
- In what ways do my kids need to practice? When they do, do I seem them getting better?
- In what ways do I have to practice my faith? When I do, in what ways do I see myself getting better?