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Too Much Info, Not Enough Do

Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian
must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.
–Garrison Keillor–

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For the past several years, I have been studying and researching healthy life style alternatives, healthy foods, longevity, and things to do to live long and strong.  It has been an eye-opening experience. Did you know sugar is in everything, even under hidden names?

So here I am after years of studying about healthy lifestyles and I am chock full of information.  I am overloaded and well-versed in things I need to change, apply and do.  I know all sorts of amazing facts and have great knowledge about anti-aging, health, and longevity.

I have information overload.  Just like many Christians!

Information is not the same thing as action and application. We can study the Bible and read faith-based books designed to build up our faith to extreme levels.  We can have faith-based magazines coming into our homes by the truckload.  We own videos, cassettes, CD’s, DVD’s, and several shelves of faith-based books.  We go to faith-based conferences and get high on the music and Word.

Our minds get stuffed full of information about the goodness of God, His ways and what He expects from us.

BUT! Just like longevity and health information, until that information becomes revelation and we DO SOMETHING WITH IT, it is just useless facts sitting in our brain.  It does us no good until we quit talking about it and start applying it to our lives.

Talk is not cheap – talk can destroy our lives. As quoted from Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars), “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

We need to quit talking and start doing! Talking about it won’t make positive change in our lives.

So the next time we read a scripture such as John 13:34, “…love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another;” let’s stop and ask ourselves, “How can I apply this to my life in a way I’m not doing now?”

Could it possibly mean being nice to (and leaving a tip for) a rude waitress or – you know – that ornery co-worker who knows it all or that ex-whatever who, the very thought of, still makes you clench your jaw.

Until we apply what we learn, we just have tidbits of information that lead to no life-changing actions.  We will wonder why we are living a defeated life and look to blame everyone but ourselves.  Until we DO we simply KNOW but don’t CHANGE.

I KNOW if I don’t DO that treadmill, my body won’t CHANGE.  So if I KNOW and DO, then I will CHANGE! Ditto the Word of God!

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