Monday, December 29, 2008

Training vs. Trying


  • Take down the Christmas tree . . . check.

  • Put away the ornaments and decorations . . . check.

  • Exchange the sweater that didn’t fit . . . check.

  • Start an exercise program and lose the 50 lbs. of fat that I'm toting around . . . sure.

    It’s a new year and, as usual, I entertain the notion that this is the year that I’m going to lose weight and get fit, again. I’ve done it before . . . I can get back in shape if I really try. Another notion I regularly entertain is the one that says I’m going to be more spiritually fit as a disciple of Christ this year. Just like physical fitness, spiritual fitness results more from training than from trying. What are the ways that you plan to get more spiritually fit this year? If you can recognize spiritual growth in your life from last year, keep doing what you’re doing. If you don’t see that your have grown more, then maybe it’s time to quit simply trying and begin training. How do I do that? Primarily, that's the work of the Holy Spirit but there are resources available to help you in this journey to be made in the image of Christ. We have many of them here at Crossroads. Your spiritual fitness plan should include regular Bible study (Psalm 119:11), prayer, solitude, worship, and service. Just as in physical training, many aspects of spiritual training are more productive when done in the company of others. Be sure that you’re involved not just in corporate worship but also in a study through a class or small group. There are many opportunities available to you here at CUMC and you’re staff at Crossroads is ready and eager to assist you in any way that we can, too.

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