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Faith Focus: A choice to act

In the book “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World,” Adam Grant noted that when experts rated U.S. presidents on their desire to please others and avoid conflict, Abraham Lincoln scored the highest. He agonized over the Emancipation Proclamation for six months. He feared the decision to free the slaves would tear the nation apart. 

Ultimately the principle of freedom for all won the day and Lincoln signed the document. He took a step to live as an “original.” Grant writes: “Originality is not a fixed trait. It is a free choice. Lincoln wasn’t born with an original personality. Taking on controversy wasn’t programmed into his DNA; it was an act of conscious will.”

A choice resides at the intersection of the Christian faith and the works that grow out of that faith. Will we live out what we believe and shine hope into the lives of others? Will we reach out to a vulnerable family with practical help and a word of encouragement?

Each week through Buckner, Christ-followers resoundingly act upon their beliefs. Bible study classes donate household items for single-parent families at Buckner Family Pathways across Texas. Volunteers serve students through after-school programs at Buckner Family Hope Centers. Individuals distribute footwear through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®.

This week, what choice will you make when presented the opportunity to serve vulnerable children and families?

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” –James 2:14-17

Deeper reflection:

  • What makes it difficult to choose to exercise our faith?
  • What can we do to put our faith into action more often?

Next steps:

  • Make a difference in someone’s life by volunteering through Buckner. Visit our Volunteer Central to see all the options to change a life.


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