Archive from May, 2015
May 20, 2015 - Faith, Spiritual Growth    4 Comments

SHALLOW END CHRISTIANS

I was talking to a friend the other day and this topic kept resurfacing during our dialogue … Christians who are only willing to go so far into the word of God. Why is it that some Christians become content and don’t desire to go deeper into the word of God?  I thought, perhaps, it is for some of the same reasons that people stay in the shallow end of a swimming pool with no desire to ever learn to swim in the deep end.

I WANT TO SWIM IN THE DEEP END 

When I shared this with my wife, Amy, she reminded me of our younger daughter Ella’s determination to pass the deep end test last summer at our town pool.  At the start of the summer, Ella started begging us to let her take the deep end test.  We didn’t think she was quite ready and we tried to counsel her to wait a bit.  We told her that if you try to take the test before you’re ready and fail the life guard will watch you all the more closely the next time.  And, it will be harder and harder to pass each time you have to take it.

imageWe thought we had persuaded Ella to wait; until one hot afternoon when Amy and I decided to take the girls down to the town pool for a swim.  We thought we would have a relaxing afternoon in the sun fellowshipping while we watched our daughters swim.  Emma Grace, then nine, played a little in the shallow end with her little sister until she befriended some girls more her age who were swimming in the deep end.  Well, it didn’t take long before Ella came out of the pool saying, “I want to take the deep end test!”

How can you say no to such a determined spirit.  When we said, OK, Ella’s face lit up, she couldn’t have been more excited.  Her teeth were chattering and her zero body fat body was shaking as we walked her over to the lifeguard’s chair to take the test.

PUTTING WHAT YOU’VE LEARDED TO THE TEST

Ella was instructed to go into the shallow end of the pool and swim on her stomach to the deep end swimming underneath the pool’s safety floating line.  Then, she needed to swim on her back to the safety line and finally tread water for 60 seconds.   Mom and I walked the length of the pool encouraging her as she swam.  While still in the deep end the lifeguard told Ella to now tread water for sixty seconds.  This was the hardest part for her.  Because she has zero body fat, her little body wants to sink like an anchor.  Well, our little Miss Ella was determined.  It looked like she would rather drown before not passing that deep in test.

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May 10, 2015 - Faith, Leadership    2 Comments

FACING A GIANT

Sharing your faith with others can be like facing a giant.  So what is the name of the giant that prevents you from sharing your faith in Jesus with others?  This is a question that every single child of God needs to ask.  I, myself, find it very interesting that people are willing to share so many things with total strangers.  Where you’re from … What you do for a living … Things about our children.  But when it comes to sharing their relationship with Jesus, for many of us, that’s a whole different story.  Especially, when it comes to our loved ones.  I know this to be true from my own personal experiences.  For along time the name of my Giant was “DO NOT OFFEND.”

This giant, named “DO NOT OFFEND,” would cause me to start imagewhispering whenever I was talking about Jesus and someone was approaching.  In the back of my mind I was thinking, I don’t know if this person is a believer and I don’t want to offend them.

I was reading the story of David and Goliath.  A story many are familiar with but this time I began looking at the “giants” in our lives that keep us from being bold about what we believe.  Bold enough to share our faith.

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