Videri Quam Esse

This morning, a friend reminded me of our state motto: Esse Quam Videri:

To be rather than to seem.

It reminded me of my pastor’s sermon yesterday which, in turn, reminded me of my favorite riddle:

5 frogs sit on a log. 4 decide to jump off. How many are left on the log?

Hint: Intended action is not action.

We are very skilled in the art of self-persuasion, are we not?

Oh, we can ride that wave of good intention for a long time –

convincing ourselves, all the while, that we are actually doing something.

Our entire lives, even.

Yet, one stubborn, observable fact remains.

There we sit.

It’s plain to see when our intentions – what we say we will do – fail to reflect what we actually do.

It’s really that simple.

Not easy. Simple.

Will we live Videri Quam Esse? Intending to do but never doing?

Or will we, in faith, leap into being?

“Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”
James 2:17 NASB

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