Extra Strength: Adulting is Hard

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.

Be challenged:

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?

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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!

 

Extra Strength: We Don’t Just Say Yes to Jesus Once (Martha)

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.

Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge. 

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There is a painting of Jesus by William Holman Hunt called “The Light of the World.” Jesus is standing on the outside of a door with his hand raised as if he is knocking.  When I first saw this painting it took someone else to point out what was missing. The doorknob or any kind of handle for him to use to open the door from the outside is absent. The door must be opened from the inside. The door represents a human heart, yours, mine. It is the artist’s visual of Revelation 3:20:

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”

The Light of the World
The Light of the World by William Holman Hunt

Why this picture of Jesus knocking on a knob-less door? Just as Pastor Josh explained several weeks ago that God doesn’t have to love us, He wants to love us, I think the same goes for us. We don’t have to love God, but He wants us to love Him.

He says, “Look!” Do you see? He says, “If you hear my voice” Can you hear? Jesus is calling you. He is knocking. He wants to be your FRIEND. The One who can rescue you from the prison of your past, your present, your circumstances, your choices, your fears, your hate, your addiction is knocking at your heart’s door, calling to you.

I don’t know about you but I need a friend like that.

As a person who said, “Yes” to Jesus at a young age I forgot for a while that although that initial “Yes” brought me into an eternal friendship with God; I must say, “Yes” to Jesus minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour and day-by-day, too.

“Yes”, I will lay down my pride, again.

“Yes”, I will forgive even though I’m hurt.

“Yes”, I will pray for my enemy.

The Bible speaks about letting the Word of God dwell in us (Colossians 3:16). It also speaks of Christ dwelling in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17) The word dwell means to live or stay as a permanent resident. Saying “Yes” is simply opening the door in faith and asking him to stay as a permanent resident in our hearts and lives.

My prayer for myself and you comes from the first two stanzas of the following hymn:

May the Mind of Christ, My Savior

“May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.”

Words by Kate B Wilkinson

imageMartha 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!

 


Be Challenged:

  • Ask God how He is asking you to say “Yes” to Him today.
  • Say “Yes” to Jesus today in whatever way He is inviting you.