Faith in Action


Act, and God will act. Saint Joan of Arc

It is the year 2015. We live in the “future,” a time when almost everything happens at the push of a button. It is wonderfully convenient. There is no need to shop anymore; the shoes you wanted come right to your door. No need to put on shoes and go to Blockbuster; just push 3 buttons and the movie you want to see plays on your TV. No need to buy groceries; those can be delivered by a guy who goes through the grocery store and buys everything you need. We have eliminated so much action from our lives.

The world has lost its sense of action, of doing. So many things are done for us that we can easily forget that some things, especially in regards to our faith, take hard work and perseverance.

This is what makes a life of faith all the more unique in this day and age. Ask, seek, and knock are all verbs. Each requires us to be proactive because a life of faith is a life of action. One cannot push a button to have a relationship with God, nor can one simply hope that the Kingdom gets built here on Earth. We must act, because God delights in responding to us. God expects us to act because it is in being proactive that we learn and it is based on our very actions that he can respond to us. It is in seeking the answer to a prayer or being persistent in following our heart’s desires and callings where we can learn more about loving God, ourselves, and others.

Take action in your faith today, and allow God to respond to you. But be careful about all the asking . . . seeking and knocking require you to stand up and go and live. And you and I both know we could all afford to do a little more of that.

Where is God calling you to be proactive in your life of faith? Are there areas you know in your heart you’re supposed to be seeking and knocking but you have hesitated to or have been too lazy to do so?

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Emily Wilson planned her whole life to become a sports reporter but turned out to be a Catholic musician and speaker at the hand of God. She lives out of her suitcase and travels across the world speaking to people of all ages. The heart of her ministry is offering encouragement to teen girls in search of their true identity, and she loves ever second of it. You can find out more about her here.

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