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“…Welcome the word of God planted deep inside you—the very word that is able to save you. You must be doers of the word and not only hearers who mislead themselves.”

–James 1:21b-22

Sync is the shortened word for synchronize and being in sync is defined as a state in which two or more things move or happen together at the same time and speed. If you watched the synchronized swimming competition in the Olympics, you know how beautiful and amazing something can be when it is in sync. Our phones and other electronic devices sync together so they receive the same information and all the data is connecting.

I enjoy playing golf, but have not had the chance to play much the last several years. Recently, I went to the driving range to work on my swing by hitting a bucket of balls. I was reminded that golf is the only ball sport where the ball does not come at you to be hit or caught or kicked. The ball just lies there waiting for you to do something with it. But, in order to strike the ball well, everything about your golf swing needs to be in sync…your head, shoulders, hips, foot placement, shifting of your weight before striking the ball…it is a sequence that all needs to be in sync.

When things are out of sync with your golf swing, it can be a frustrating game and it feels like you are just chasing that little white ball around the course. But, when everything is working in sync and you can hit enough good shots, it’s a game that will keep you coming back.

In the midst of the days in which we are living, a lot seems out of sync. There is much uncertainty, frustration, pain, suffering, tragedy and devastation. We long for life to feel in sync.

The Letter of James reminds us to be “doers of the word and not only hearers who mislead themselves.” Being doers of the word, means we are living out the Gospel of God’s love and grace and welcome in ways that allow our words and our actions to be in sync. And when our words and actions are in sync, it’s our neighbors who benefit.

In the midst of the uncertainty of these days, may we be doers of God’s word so that our life and faith will be in sync with who God has created us to be.