In the book Faith Acts, Dillon and I wrote about our work in the homeless community through Relevant Hope, and we focused on James 1:22 as a guiding portion of Scripture that helped us put our faith in action. We truly believe that those who are in Christ will live out their faith both in personal piety and expression of love toward others. Good works shouldn’t be done out of a sense of duty or a begrudging attitude. Intent is just as important as obedience, and Jesus spoke to that in his parable of the two brothers (Matthew 21:28-32).
“What if” is probably the most overused phrase for people who aren’t actually going to do anything. We think we are to using it proactively to anticipate possible problems, but we know we can’t predict every possible “what if” scenario. We use it to pontificate other people who aren’t doing something without any thought to the fact that when asking “what if?” the person asking isn’t doing anything about it either. So, what if we stopped what iffing and actually did something?