Some things sound incredibly similar but they are simply not the same.
Getting older is not the same becoming mature.
Attending school is not the same as getting an education.
Making love is not the same as being in love.
Getting a job is not the same as finding a career.
Getting married is not the same as being married.
Having kids is not the same as bring a parent.
Being a teacher is not the same as teaching someone.
Attending Church on Sunday is not the same as being a Christian.
Talking about serving is not the same as serving.
Staying married is not the same as having a great marriage.
Having grandchildren is not the same as being a grandparent.
Enjoying songs about heaven is not the same as being ready for heaven.
Many things in life sound similar to something else, but they are not the same. One side of the equation comes easily. One side is a position or an event. The other side takes time, commitment, and hard work to make it happen. There is a continual action involved.
It is easy to accept a title or position as being the real thing when it is not the same. Part of the struggle of life is to find out what is real and what is not. Today I need to ask myself, “Do my actions reflect what I want to be?” Maybe you need to ask that too.