Five,Four,Three,Two,One! My New Year’s resolution will be to loose 100 pounds,stop smoking,stop drinking,get into shape,eat healthy. “Two weeks later,” OH,I give up”.
In life its easy to say things or set high goals but as time passes things get difficult and giving in to temptations seems to be the only way out.
A Christian life,like new year resolutions,feels simple. It is all black and white while at the altar where “we know how to live and what direction to take”,but after church,”somewhere between the “Altar and the Door” everything turns gray again. At the Altar Jesus expects us to leave everything that weighs on our shoulders to Him and not to leave with any when we walk out of the door. At the Altar we are full of confidence, we know who we are,what we are supposed to do,which road in life to take and how we are supposed to live. But the frustration comes however when we leave the Altar and have to take the things we left there with us. We face disappointments when we try to live the right path yet still falling into sin and temptation and having to come back again for forgiveness. 
Don’t you think its Exhausting? Well I DO. But we can’t GIVE UP.

Whitney Edna Ibe is the Executive Consultant, Life & Mental Health Coach, and Writer/ Editor at Whitney Edna Ibe Consult (Blog),, The Social Talks,, and Mental Wellness Society International. She is in charge of consultations, services, and implementation.

6 Thoughts on “The Altar and The Door”

  • The gap between who we are and who we want to be has frustrated all of us, myself definitely included. But it matters that we keep trying, I believe, even when we fail. God treasures our efforts, and his grace will help us turn them into something real. We just can’t afford to give up. 🙂

  • I think the thing might be to take the Altar (Jesus) with us as we go out the door. I try to do that but it is not easy.
    I love the word perseverance. And I really love the word Grace. God’s love never fails even when we do.
    May you be blessed!

    • Amen and you too Ma’m. I agree we should take the Altar with us out of the door but many of us unknowingly to us take the burdens we left at the altar back while leaving with the Altar. We need wisdom and Gods presence to really know what to do at the Altar and what to do when we leave with it.

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