| from Lauren Roman |

We’ve all heard the phrase “seeing is believing.” Two thousand years ago, God Himself made a profound statement on this topic. In John 20:29, Jesus said those who believe in Him without seeing will be uniquely blessed. But we can’t stop there, because believing isn’t the ultimate goal.

Doing – putting beliefs into action – is what counts.

This is just as true for your child as it is for every child of God.

The first step is perception. We see or hear something, and believe it is true. Great. But, as Dr. Kathy asks at the end of each podcast, “So what? Now what?” What difference does it make? What are we to do with this belief?

Suppose your son needs to clean his room. He heard you tell him to clean his room. He really listened, he totally believes he should clean his room.

Would that be enough for you? Of course not! Sure, he listened and believed… but he still hasn’t actually cleaned his room. He needs to take action. Otherwise, he will soon believe in the consequences of not cleaning his room!

Application matters. Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:24 (ESV), “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” In contrast, everyone who heard Jesus’ words but did not act on them was like a foolish man who built his house on sand. When the storm inevitably came, only the wise man’s house was strong enough to withstand the fierce wind and rain.

Jesus said it was the doing – putting His teaching into action – that made the difference.

He didn’t invite His disciples to merely believe in Him. He invited them to follow. They had to make sacrifices, trust Him, and take intentional action. The same is true today!

If we believe God loves us, and we love and trust Him, we’ll obey His call and follow His leading. (See John 14:15, 23-24.) Obedience proves our love. Following proves our trust.

How much do you trust God? How much do your kids trust you?

I witnessed a profound expression of love and trust while hiking in Yellowstone National Park years ago. I had continued on from a beginner’s trail to a secondary trail, which led to the head of a waterfall. The steep, narrow path had multiple switchbacks, dangerously uneven footing, and two-way traffic.

As I carefully made my way down, I noticed an older couple on their way back up. Typically a man leads on the descent and follows on the ascent – that way, if a woman loses her footing, he can help keep her safe. So it wasn’t unusual that the husband was hiking behind his wife.

As I got closer, I noticed he was holding onto the back of her belt. And the way they were moving together seemed a bit odd. I looked more closely and realized… the man was blind.

This husband loved and trusted his wife so much that he was blindly following her lead, believing she would keep him safe while navigating the treacherous path.

I want to trust God like that. I want our kids to be able to trust us like that – to believe that our love and wisdom will take care of them, no matter what the day may bring.

It’s an aspirational goal, worthy of pursuing.

The strength of our love and trust is proven in the doing.

Author Lauren Roman is a creative communicator, truth teller, and enthusiastic encourager who captivates audiences of all kinds. Her eclectic career began in her teens with a starring role on the ABC soap All My Children, continued with more TV and film (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nashville, Grace Unplugged), and now encompasses speaking, singing, and writing. Lauren inspires others toward true identity and freedom in Christ, sharing from her own journey as a “recovering perfectionist” with bold transparency, emotion, humor, and practical biblical insights. Uniting ladies of all ages and life stages, she addresses tough topics like recovery, food/body image issues, sexual integrity, identity/self-acceptance, and mental health, sparking important multi-generational conversations. For the past decade, Lauren has delivered impactful keynotes for women, youth, and pro-life ministry events. Her messages reach thousands of parents and families through her role as a Celebrate Kids Associate Writer and Speaker. A lifelong poet, Lauren is thrilled to launch her debut children’s book Think Good, Be Good! in 2021. For more information or to schedule Lauren for your next live or virtual event, please visit: laurenroman.com.