They did not fit their faith into their lives. They fit their lives into their faith. They molded their lives around their faith instead of the other way around. Every decision they made throughout the day they turned back to their scripture and their beliefs. They prayed together as a family after breakfast and at the end of the day. Their conversations overflowed with direct discussion and references to what they believed.
It was just so striking for me. And convicting. I definitely don't share in their beliefs. At all. But that doesn't change the fact that what I was seeing on TV was a better example of what OUR lives should look like that what it really does.
There isn't anything really profound about this post. Just sharing my conviction with you. I feel like Aaron and I do a fairly good job of raising our girls in a "christian" home. We pray with them before meals, we read the bible before bed at night, and say bedtime prayers. We sing worship songs and talk to them about prayer concerns. But how much of that is still a convenience. Do they see our life structured around our faith or do they see our faith structured around our life.
We read our bibles when we've got time. If we miss a day, oh well. Should it be that we can't move forward or advance in our day if we haven't? Shouldn't there be aspects of our faith that we consider mandatory instead of optional? I don't want to generalize because I know that there are many Christians who do orient their life around their faith instead of the other way around. But I feel as if convenient faith is becoming a trend in the current day and age. God is there when we need him. And that's the extent of our relationship. We aren't willing to prioritize our life, make radical changes in the way we live, or anything else that challenges our lives.
Maybe I'm off base with this. But I don't think I am. I'm definitely feeling challenged. I'm feeling challenged to examine all areas of my life and do restructuring. I need to replace my life with my faith in a few areas!
If you have some thoughts you'd like to share about this, I'd love to hear them!