“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” (Mt 7:24)

It’s easy to misunderstand our spiritual journey as a bunch of negatives: Don’t do this, don’t do that. From this point of view, my faith turns into mere “religion” in the pagan sense; that is, a burdensome obligation before a demanding divinity. But faith in the living, Triune God is actually about the big “Do,” of building, step by step, and growing, from day to day, on the foundation of God’s Word, in His grace.

Of course, the affirmation of my will, to bring it into harmony with God’s will, means distancing and excluding that which is not His will. But let me keep my eye on the underlying, affirmative choice I am making today: to build and grow and move forward, in God. I pray today that He build with me, and do with me, as He will.


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