Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up.
I’ll just come out and say it: adulting is hard.
I know all the English teachers reading this just cringed, but “adulting” is now an accepted verb in our culture. Go ahead, Google it.
To adult (often used in the progressive tense, as ‘adulting’ or in hashtag form) is to act in a responsible, grown-up fashion. This internet slang is often applied to social media posts regarding chores, bills, and other types of menial tasks.
When posts containing this new slang made their way into my Facebook feed, it immediately resonated with me. I’m of an age when it is assumed that I have reached adulthood, that I know how to “adult.” As a kid I thought being a grown up would be easy, and maybe it would be if I never struggled with doing the things a grown up should do. But here I am, in the constant struggle to actually wash the dishes.
It’s this same tension in my Christian life that can make “growing up” in my faith difficult. I can ramble off many of the things a mature Christian should practice, but whether or not I’m actively doing them is another story.
As someone who grew up in the church, I’ve heard countless sermons and have been taught many invaluable truths about God, His plan, who I am and how I am invited into that plan. The sheer amount of knowledge thrown my way has been overwhelming, and I haven’t even mentioned the Bible studies taken, Christian radio programs listened to or nuggets of wisdom given by friends and mentors! It’s only after reflecting on all of this information that I’m forced to take a step back, look at my life and ask, “So, what have I done with all that knowledge?”
Oftentimes, I feel like one of my own kids, casually offering an, “I know!” when asked to do something. But as Josh reminded us this weekend, “Knowing without doing isn’t really knowing anything.” So, let’s do something with what we know. Let’s take a deep breath and finally invite that friend we’ve been wanting to; let’s get connected in a small group, or offer to serve by providing meals for someone. Let’s feel the joy of helping people know Christ and grow to be like Him. And maybe get to those dishes while we’re at it.
On Sunday, Josh discussed the 4Qs of Listening.
This week, start by asking these 4Qs as you read the Bible or listen to someone teach Scripture.
What do I need to know?
Why do I need to know it?
What do I need to do?
Why do I need to do it?
Martha has been a wife for 17 years and is the mother of three children ages 10, 9 and 5. When she’s not folding laundry, cooking meals, helping with homework, kissing boo-boos, grocery shopping, cleaning house and running errands; she loves to hold babies at Immanuel MOPS!