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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Unstable or steadfast?

Bill and I have been working hard to exercise and lose weight. We have been at it steadily now for 12 weeks. 
Recently we switched up our workout routines to a program that incorporates country music with some exercise moves that mimic line dancing and country dancing. 
There is one move that is called, The box step. It is to a four count. Imagine standing in the center of a clock face. First the left foot steps across in front of the right foot, and lands in the 1 position on a clock face. Then the right foot steps back to the 5 position on a clock face. The left foot then steps onto the 7 position on the clock face. Immediately followed by the right foot stepping onto the 11 position. Remember, 4 count. Then repeat.
Go ahead, get up and try it. I'll wait.
You know you're going to.
Anyway, if done properly, the second count kind of throws you off balance a bit and it begins to feel like a stagger.
Keep trying. It's fun.
But while doing our workout I was reminded of our Sunday sermon. It was from James Chapter 1:5-8
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-8 ESV)
Read it again. 
If you lack wisdom, ask it of God.
He gives generously....to ALL,.......without judgement.
But! But! But!
Ask with faith.
No doubting!!!!
One who doubts is like a wave of the sea. (Picture the waves of a stormy sea. One that doubts is up and down, here and there, no direction or rhythm.)
The person who doubts should not expect anything from God.
That person is double minded. ( I believe, I'm not sure I believe, I believe, but I still don't believe)
That doubter is unstable, a staggerer. Someone who shuffles around unbalanced and off kilter.

Bill says that I am getting pretty good at the country dance workouts. He says I have really mastered the moves.
But as a Christian I don't want to master the stagger. I want to be stable. I want to be just like 1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV)
Steadfast and immovable sounds way better than driven and tossed by the wind and unstable in all ways. 

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