Believing isn’t enough

by Jann W. Martin

We can’t just believe in God in our hearts. We have to live our faith. Sometimes this is difficult. We don’t always recognize a nudge from God to do something for Him.

One time I was shopping and I picked a short line to check out. Then I saw that the man ahead of me had food stamps to pay for his groceries. I was tempted to go to another cashier. I felt a strong pull to stay where I was.

I waited and then the cashier said told him that he didn’t have enough to cover all of his purchases. He told her which ones to remove from the bill until he could cover the cost. She put those items aside. And checked him out. As she was finished, I told her to put those things on my bill.

He started to walk away and I called him back. I said, “Please take the rest of your things.” He kept thanking me. And then left the store. I paid my bill and went out to the parking lot. He was still walking to his car and thanked me again for helping him.

It was such a moving experience to be able to reach out in God’s love and do a good deed for Him. We can do these things daily if we just listen to His prompting. An encouraging word, a pat on the back, a smile can do wonders to lift someone up.

Our good deeds can be done anywhere and for anyone. We should especially show our children how to reach out in faith and love to those around us. To teach them to listen to the voice they hear in their heart. Tell them it is the voice of God asking them to do something for Him.

Right now, I’m struggling with burn out. I need to stop and listen to the voice of God. What does He need me to work on? What do I need to put aside and do later?

Are you going through something similar? How can we work together to help each other?

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Jann W. Martin is CSO of Common Sense Marketing Strategies, LLC, author, proofreader, teacher, speaker and blogger Her dream is to captivate the hearts of children, by writing stories that teach them the Bible through the eyes of a child. She has a B.A. in Early Elementary Education from Michigan State University (1972) and a retired Commissioned, Associate in Ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary

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10 thoughts on “Believing isn’t enough”

  1. This is such a valuable reminder of what our calling REALLY is:
    “Our good deeds can be done anywhere and for anyone. We should especially show our children how to reach out in faith and love to those around us. To teach them to listen to the voice they hear in their heart.”

    All of our work should be a light burden as Jesus promises: “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (in context: Matthew 11:28-30)

    This post is a real blessing.

  2. This reminds me of an experience I had as a relatively new Christian. A young panhandler approached me on the street and politely asked for money. I offered to buy him a meal instead. He was so hungry! I watched as he devoured his food with effusive thanks. Then I asked if he’d like coffee. Yes … no, thanks. Then, very emphatically–NO to the coffee. I paid for the meal. It took all the money I had in my purse plus the single coin in my pocket. There was money for everything but the coffee!

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