What I know and what I do are two different things.
I know exercising is good for me. I know to get my heart rate up and muscle the weights. And even though I own a gym membership the comfort of bed keeps me put or I get distracted by other things on my to-do list.
I know eating healthily is good for my body. I know to eat whole grains and veggies with lots of color. And even though my refrigerator is filled with produce I’m more seduced by a basket of fries with a side of milkshake. (However, sometimes I choose sweet potato fries. They’ve got color, right?)
I know reading the Bible and being in community helps me get to know God better. I know the more I know God, the more my life is peace and joy filled.
And even though I do both with great regularity, I often leave God at the church door or my Bible on my Red Chair and go about my day without giving a second thought to the One who planned an abundant life for me.
I know so much but I act on that knowledge so little of the time. What I know will only benefit me and give me a full life. Then why don’t I act on those good things? Because I am a creature of comfort. It’s easier to be in default mode and be busy at home instead of going to the gym. It’s easier to heat up leftover pizza than make a salad. It’s easier to default to my old nature than lived transformed. It’s easier but not better.
What do you know? Maybe you too are living in the comfort of your Red Chair with lots of knowledge. You know you should forgive but you’re holding on to bitterness, and darn it, it was her fault anyway! You know you shouldn’t be judgmental but hey, that’s how you were raised. You know you should help the poor, but what can you really do anyway?? I know these things too.
This blog, Beyond the Red Chair, is a journey to take what I know and move it from my head, to my heart, to my feet. To embrace what is true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious, lovely, and praiseworthy and act on it. Consistently.
I’m not there yet. But I’m sitting on the edge. Do you dare to live Beyond with me?