James 2:14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
This project is a prime example of the variations that we may all need in the Universal Equation. I’ve needed to have an extremely large amount of faith AND work to get to this point. And I’m still not done!
I know it may be an uncomfortable reference but the last part of this verse speaks to me like that interlude in The College Dropout by Kanye West, where the homeless college graduate is asserting that his degrees will keep him warm at night. That album came out while I was in my last year of college. The first time I listened to it, I thought it was funny in a logical tongue and cheek sort of way. Now here I am many years and an additional two degrees since finishing college and my spirit (not just my mind) understands the importance of that interlude.
The questions of that interlude is just like the question being asserted by James in the scripture for this week’s post. “Can faith save him?” Faith alone cannot give any of us food, shelter, or money. It takes WORK plus faith in our work and the blessings of the Lord to continuously provide our earthly needs.
I think the difference between understanding the sarcasm on The College Dropout is that a few years ago, I realized the reality of the fact none of my dreams are going to come true if I don’t seriously get down to work. It’s difficult to explain. I know that we all know that you have to work for everything. But the amount of work, late hours, teaching yourself tons of concepts and skills it will take to equal the necessary work for one dream is unimaginable if you have never accomplished a dream.
When I decided to begin this journey of creating a digital destination where people can learn how to create the life they want for themselves, without being told that they are inadequate or are doing something in the wrong way, I totally didn’t know how hard it would be. Just like that young woman in her first year of law school, I knew it would be hard but this time I figured it would be harder than my wildest imagination. And it has been!
I’m looking forward to the changes in my life, now that my body and spirit have understand what my mind, my family/friends, and the world has been saying all along: Anything worth having takes hard work.