Thursday, August 13, 2020 - Thursday, October 15, 2020
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD The tradition continues Plans are being made to have three outdoor shoebox-packing parties in the fall for Operation Christmas Child...
I was looking out my kitchen window at the geraniums that had been so pretty when I first got them. No longer did they have the big pink and red blooms that once were so beautiful. I had watered them and tried to care for the, but slowly, the blooms died and no new ones took their place. All at once, I realized that it had been a while since they had been fed some nutrients. I ran out of Bloom Buster and forgot to buy more. Wanting to have those pretty blooms again became a serious goal. I made sure that I watered regularly with the newly bought fertilizer that was advertised to promote BIG blooms… I couldn’t wait. Soon my commitment and dedication paid off and I had beautiful pink and red blooms to enjoy.
As I was looking out the window this morning at my pretty flowers, I thought about how I could apply this story about my flowers to my spiritual growth. When I get lazy with the things that nourish and feed my spiritual growth, I suffer. My life doesn’t reflect the beauty of Christ living inside me when that happens. I was reminded how important it is to intentionally “feed” and nourish my spiritual life. Some of the things that do that for me are:
Daily Bible Study
A commitment to prayer and intercession
Worshiping with my church family
Listening to uplifting Christian music
Remembering to be grateful
When the quarantine began back in March, I have to admit that Kelly and I really enjoyed the first several weeks of doing nothing. It brought a calmness and slowness to life that never seemed possible. Now there were things we missed for sure, but the time to “stop and smell the roses” was refreshing. You see for us life has always moved at a fast pace. We’ve always said we needed to do less and just enjoy more time together as a family unscheduled, but expectations of family, church and culture have always pushed us to do more.
Now after five months of our new normal with no real end in sight we find ourselves craving activity and relationships. I don’t know about your kids, but mine are tired of their parents. And sometimes we (the parents) are tired of them. Maybe you can relate?
As I have thought about our life before COVID and our life now the question comes to me, What will we do if and when life goes back to normal, if such a thing even exists? The word that comes to mind is balance. And the scripture that comes to mind is Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
At the end of the day our relationship with Jesus Christ and how we share His love with one another are all that really matters. As life returns to some semblance of normal let us resist the pressure to fill our lives with meaningless activity and things that will only distract us from the One who truly matters.