The Truth You Know

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Let us live up to what we have already attained.“ (Philippians 3:16)

What I hear in that verse is this: Act on the truth you know.

I may not feel ready to do the next-right-thing that’s in front of me. I may feel as though I lack the knowledge, skills, or sheer courage to put one foot in front of the other. I may not know the fullness of what to do in any given situation. But I typically know enough to start. I can act on the truth I know. I just usually don’t.

It’s easier to wait for God to lay it all out. Because then I can blame my paralysis on Him, instead of myself.

When I feel overwhelmed by a situation or an aspect of myself I need to work on, the enormity of it all makes me shrug. “I just don’t know where to start.” Because I don’t know how to do it all, I do nothing.

I call it “waiting on God”.

Meanwhile, He’s waiting on me.

Why should I expect God to show me the whole plan when I’m not being obedient to the small thing He’s already shown me? Why should I expect Him to keep speaking when I haven’t acted on what He’s already said?

As small and inconsequential as it may be, I need to do the bit I know to do. Take that first step. And trust that His light will shine at the exact moment I need to know what to do next.

Two verses earlier in that Philippians passage is the more familiar encouragement and challenge to “press on”: “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:14)

But it finally clicked for me that, as I read on, the following verses continue the thought. It’s as though the next part tells me how to press on: By living up to what I’ve already attained.

So the challenge stands for me and you today:

Press on. By acting on the truth you know.

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8 Responses to “The Truth You Know”
  1. Mark Allman
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    Alece,
    I do think the hardest thing to do sometimes is to just start and if we commit to doing that then other things come into play to help things move along. I also believe if I acted on just what I know I could do well even if I never learn anything else. I do not need to understand some great new truth to make an impact. If only I would be true to that which I know now.

  2. jessica says:

    I totally needed to not hear this today ;). just kidding. i needed to hear it. :) i have something right in front of me that i am avoiding out of fear of the unknown. i half-heartedly took the first step, it’s the second step that i am shaking all over about:). thanks, alece

  3. What a beautiful post. I love it! Reminds me to focus on the little things so that big things can come to pass.

  4. I am learning that this is what it means to walk in faith – the not knowing the end, but stepping out anyway!

  5. Carolyn says:

    Pressing on & acting on what you know to do- excellent wisdom I needed today.
    Life is tough but really not that complicated! I need to do what I know is right, keep doing it over & over & over until I see the results. Thank you this is just for me today xx

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