The attraction of blank journals is often greater than the discipline to write in them. To journal day after day about the progress of your heart. Or what you think is the lack of progress, until you look at the journal year after year and discover that you are growing in some ways.
The attraction of new running clothes is often greater than the discipline to run.
The three steps to change in the last article are not as interesting as the four steps in the next article, which will be less useful than the two steps in the next article, which will be contradicted by the next three comments. And browsing is more attractive than reflecting and then starting. Or stopping.
(The beginning of a post is often easier than turning the corner into something that is helpful without being preachy or redundant or shallow.)
When James suggested that merely listening to preaching is deceptive, he wasn’t saying that the preaching was deceptive. He was suggesting that we are lying to ourselves when we read scripture without applying it in our lives. So when we read that we are to love one another, we should begin to actually love.
We can make a list of names in that blank journal and identify one supportive encouraging thing we can do for each person in the next week. And we can ask God for suggestions. We can use our old running clothes and take the cash to fund our encouraging. And we can share that salad with a couple of other people on our list, using the time we saved from browsing.