The Spider's Web -- By LaDonnaMarie
A spider weaves a beautifully intricate, yet practical web.  Although beautiful in design, a spider's web is intended for one use:  to capture the spider's food while enduring the elements - rain, wind, or snow.  Often, a spider's web is best seen glistening proudly in the sun after a rainstorm.  It endures the harshest of elements, only to remain intact and ready to be used as God intended.

I imagine you haven't thought of your faith this way, but in reality, God created us to have faith like a spider web.  He has equipped us with the ability to weave beautifully intricate examples of His love and grace.  "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience" Colossians 3:12.

He has also equipped us with faith that will ultimately be used for one purpose:  to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  "I have made you a light… that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth"  Acts 13:47.

And like a spider web, our faith can endure the harshest elements, only to remain strong and intact for God's purpose.  "Our Lord Jesus Christ himself who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word"  II Thessalonians 2:16-17.

As God intended, we can stand firm in our faith, proudly displaying the beauty of His grace while allowing the world to see the practical side of faith:  "This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples"  John 15:8.

Are you, today, in your walk with Jesus Christ being all He intended you to be?  Is your faith weathering the elements of life's storms - sorrow, pain, suffering?  Are you bearing no fruit?  It's not too late to become what God intended for you to be in Christ Jesus,  "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ…  for if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ"  II Peter 1:5-11.

What are you waiting on?  Start weaving that web of faith…  you won't regret it!

LaDonna Marie