My husband and I are looking at redoing the floors of our home. We believe that under our slate tiles there are wooden floorboards and we’re considering bringing up the tiles and sanding back the floorboards so we can stain them and have them as our new flooring.
My husband felt this was something we could do, even though we are not really handy in any way, shape or form. I wasn’t so sure so I put it out on social media, “Handy friends, has anyone polished floorboards before? How hard is it?”
Over the next couple of hours various friends responded to my post. While I was very appreciative of their comments I was amazed at how diverse they were.
“We did ours. It only took a couple of days and came up pretty well.”
“It’s known to be a very hard dirty job.”
“I did it and found it reasonably easy!”
“My mum attempted and it was a disaster! She had to get it all re- sanded and done professionally!”
“Yep!!!! You can do it!!!”
“That’s why they are called “Hard” wood floors!”
As you can see, the responses ranged from “easy” to “hard”. We still haven’t decided exactly what we will do yet and I’m not sure I’m much clearer after hearing from my social media community!
The diversity of experience is similar in our faith. There are some people who find prayer comes to them quite naturally while others struggle to know what to say and when. There are some people who are quite comfortable in giving themselves over to corporate worship in church, while others need a quiet, private place to connect with God.
It’s easy for us to look on the surface to see how people are connecting with God. But we all connect with Him in different ways.
Just because we find something challenging, however, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it. Often when we persist through something hard we reap a great benefit.
While it’s important not to judge someone else’s faith on that which comes naturally to us, it’s also good to explore expressions of faith that push us out of our comfort zone and encourage us to see God in a new light.
Lord, You created us all differently for a reason. May we press into You in all ways, no matter how challenging it may seem. Amen.
How can you challenge your faith?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.