Real Faith Gets Dirty

“I learned that faith isn’t about knowing all of the right stuff or obeying a list of rules. It’s something more, something more costly because it involves being present and making a sacrifice” (Bob Goff).


When I read the above statement, it made me stop and think for a minute. What was I doing in my life that was really a sacrifice? Sure, I’m a wife and mother and so I “sacrifice” every day…but not really. I love being a wife and mother and the sacrifices that are made regarding finances, quality alone time, or luxury items like new clothes and a regular haircut aren’t sacrifices, not really. I’d rather have a messier-than-usual house full of kids and chaos here and there than the above-mentioned items. So, that brought me back to the original question – Am I living a life of faith, allowing myself to be present where sacrificing is at times required?

I decided that’s the kind of life I wanted to live. I wanted to show my children, by example, that when done God’s way, living His plan for my life, sacrificing and walking in faith was the best way – the way that brought about the most peace. Once I made that decision, then I had to find the opportunity. I prayed and told God I was ready. Now I need to wait.

I’m glad God allowed me to stop and examine my life a few months ago, questioning the areas of sacrifice I was making and being willing to step out and sacrifice a little more. Life is much more peaceful when we follow God’s plan.

God didn’t call us to live a life of solitude. No, if we follow Christ’s example, it’s going to be messier, noisier, and generally more chaotic, but oh, so much more peaceful and rewarding! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for our family. He may not have revealed our “messy” yet, but I’m ready to obey when He does.

Is there an area in your life where God is calling you to step out in faith or sacrifice? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

© 2013 Cheri Swalwell


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