Missing Piece of the Puzzle

By: Carlyn Paschall

Here I am reading nice, inspirational messages and scripture quotes from a certain individual on Facebook and just when I thought maybe the person had changed (despite being told otherwise), within 48 hours, someone told me that the person was in jail. What! No, the person hadn’t committed murder or robbed a bank. The person was jailed for something known, but failed to resolve.  The person had years to correct it. Oh, and the person had been warned by law enforcement before that he/she would be locked up if the issue wasn’t taken care of.

Not only did one of the person’s parents post bail, but they had also paid other financial obligations for this person in the past. Yet whenever asked to do something for the parents the person never followed through. Whatever happened to “honor your mother and father”? Exodus 20:12 (KJV). This person is approaching 40, so even if he/she doesn’t help their parents (which they should) shouldn’t the person at least be carrying their own financial load?

God’s word is a mirror, and “is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV). If we are reading the Word everyday and quoting it, shouldn’t the things it says show up in our lives?  Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Love thy neighbor as thyself.  Are the scriptures talking to someone else? At what point do we change or even recognize the need for change?

It seems a lot of people quote, post and tweet scriptures, but are they living it? Shouldn’t your talk be a reflection of your walk? No, I’m not perfect, but I hope I’m growing and continuing to get better. When God judges me, will my walk speak for itself? I don’t want to be hit with “You wrote and posted nice things but didn’t live them.” Ouch!

Let’s put all of the pieces of the puzzle together, and stop talking the talk and actually start walking the walk. I believe this will be life changing for us all.

Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

James 1:22 (KJV)



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