For some reason, last night I was thinking about how God could have created us all to be adults right away, and skipped over the whole growing up thing. I must have been feeling philosophical because then I thought about why he created us to be small and then grow big; to start with no words and then to acquire one syllable at a time; to be carried and then to carry others. Why require things to be added, like water, food, sun, experience, and wisdom, over time, instead of putting it all in there at once? Of course, I have no idea why other than that there is clearly something to this process of growing from small to big. This is true of my faith. It has grown over a period of years, from imperceptible to bigger. And, it is a team effort – God does his part and I do mine. Here’s what I’m doing this week to water my faith:
I’m reading Scripture. This is like the sun. Without it every day, my faith will shrivel and die. There are days when it does not resonate, does not feel alive, and feels like a task to read. There are days when it cuts like a knife, leaps off the page, and draws me in for hours. But whatever I’m feeling, I read it. Not reading it would be like being in the house all day with my daughter and ignoring her when she spoke to me. I read Tyndale’s The One-Year Bible (which includes passages from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Gospels each day) (download it here) and a five to seven verse section in another book. Right now, I’m reading the book of Ephesians.
I’m writing prayers. I do this because when God answers a prayer, my faith grows. (What about when a prayer isn’t answered? Honestly, I cry. I praise him. I keep praying.)
I’m taking some love risks. I don’t know what this will look like but when I have the opportunity this week, I’m going to share with someone that they are beloved by God.
I’m reviewing my day. When I get into bed at the end of each day, I am going to run through the day and thank God for every blessing, difficulty, and opportunity to love he brought my way.
What does your week look like?
What Scripture are you reading? Blogs? Books?