… by Jo Anne Stas
I absolutely loved Greg’s story about his great-grandma in the airport! Not only was it funny but it left a lasting image in my mind about what it means to be “all in.” Picturing his great-grandma on the escalator with one foot going up and the other still on the ground, made me think how I, as a Christ follower, can sometimes have one foot in Christ-like endeavors and the other on my own agenda. I want to be involved in “Kingdom” causes, but at the same time, I want to keep doing my own thing. I try both, but what happens is that my attention or involvement on both sides ends up being only halfhearted. Inevitably, it causes an internal tension between my desires, and what I know Christ wants from me. The contradiction leaves me feeling like I failed at both endeavors and in a state of disillusionment.
The problem wasn’t that one endeavor was good and the other was bad, the problem was I didn’t have full commitment to either. Paul writes in Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” Christ wants us to be “all in” The answer to my disillusionment is so simple that I sometimes forget that all I need to do is exactly what Greg’s dad told his great-grandma to do on the escalator…”the other foot grandma.”