Several things I’ve learned these past 9 months…
1. What you are building, developing, and growing in your heart and your mind, MATTER!!! If you aren’t taking time to develop a relationship with God when crisis strikes, it doesn’t magically appear and crisis often generates problems like fear, guilt, confusion, anger, and more. So, what you are feeding and growing and developing in your mind MATTERS! Proverbs 23:7 says “As a man thinks, so he is.” What we put in our heads matters, because it begins to define who we are, not just to ourselves but to others too.
2. Crisis tends to accelerate things. I read this article on ChurchLeaders.com and the author said that crisis accelerates things. Whatever you are feeding, growing, and developing in your hearts and minds MATTERS. We all keep company with something on our minds. Take some time in the coming weeks to consider what you are keeping company with and consider whether you are running toward God, have become complacent or apathetic toward God, or are you running from God? There are 74 verses that talk about “walking worthy of the Lord.” In Colossians 1:10, Paul says we are to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
3. When Hebrews 10:25 says “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…” the author knew how critical our gathering, fellowshipping, praying, in community mattered. We are supposed to be fellowshipping and in community with one another. The Pandemic has made that impossible in the beginning and difficult at the moment. But we were made for connection with God and others. Are you getting that community with other Believers? Zoom is a beautiful way, when there is no other way, to connect and discuss Scripture and pray for one another.
This year has been different from any other year that I’ve lived. So many things are different and the landscape of just about everything has changed. But one thing has not changed – we were made for connection. Our faith is not a lone ranger faith and we were never meant to go it alone as Believers. Worship is an essential element in our lives. But many have forgotten, or have never known the beauty of Smaller Groups for Discipleship.
Not only do you need others in your walk, but others need YOU! Small Groups will begin at the end of January. Are you coming on Sundays, or are you online and you haven’t connected with anyone or a group? Then be looking for them. We will have a number of different ways to connect with others in January. Groups will be in all different shapes, sizes and purposes – from short-term Sunday School Classes to health-related groups, to more. Groups will meet on certain days, differing ways and online or safely administered in-person.
Be looking, in January, for the place that feels right for you! In the meantime, reflect on your year. Where are you headed? Where would you like to be headed? The ultimate goal is for us to look more and more like Jesus. Do you need an Extreme Makeover? I do! Want to know more? Contact me, Robin Payne at RobinP@douglasvillefumc.org,