"...make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love." 2 Peter 1:5-7
Just Do ItNike made the slogan famous... getting contact lenses made it real.
"Oh, just put it in your eye...just get it closer to your pupil... just put it on your fingertip and it will JUMP off and onto your eye...just keep your eye open and look forward... (and then, much later) just pinch it out... just look straight ahead and grab it... just slide it over... just just just just."
Smiles and advice... that's what i got from all the cool, confident contact experts. But, let me tell you, for someone who has never experience anything like it -- it's JUST NOT that easy.
Fortunately, the office personnel watched, guided and corrected my motions... i read directions... i watched YouTube videos... and finally, i practiced. It took a lot of preparation, patience and practice to gain confidence in my ability to do what others found so easy.
My recent ordeal reminds me of the sensitivity needed with others who are in the midst of a newness. Sometimes even with fellow believers, we forget everyone is not at the same place in their walk with God. Some are enjoying the two-step, while others are struggling with baby steps.
Father, before i say to someone, "just trust Jesus... just pray... just have faith", help me remember if someone is not in the habit of living in faith, understanding how to do it is not easy, especially when a difficulty arises. Instead of just saying what to do, i should be modeling what to do. May we live in a way to show preparation, prayer, patience and practice produce desired results and peace.
friend, we are loved and chosen by God,