On Growing Up…

From the desk of Dottie…

We have been finding ways make major changes in our lives through the series, reStart Your Life.  So far, we’ve considered 1) What needs to die in our lives; 2) How to be your own Life Scout; 3) The need to fail big and fast, and get up and do it again; 4) How to be creative with your new life; and 5)  Falling in Love with God and life again.  It has been a journey that has taken some of us deeper into the stores of our memories, bringing us to look at our current situation, and called us to the place where a reStart is possible.

This Sunday, we will look at Going Deep with God.  What I mean by “going deep” is moving away from our childhood view of God and life, and releasing ourselves to finally grow up!  Jesus wanted us to be Christians who gained height in the faith, and not ones that remained in childhood forever.  He called his disciples to “grow up” and “grow out” right before he left this earth.  And Ephesians 4:14-15 (in The Message) reminds us,

“Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything–and I do mean everything–connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And take on an entirely new way of life–a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.”

We all need to continue growing, to resist complacency with life as it is, and to move toward a life that is a reproduction of God’s character.  The invitation to mature faith is not easy, but it is rewarding.  After all, who wants to live with a 2-year old Christian forever?

I’m looking forward to seeing you Sunday.  I’m confident you will bring along those in your life who also are seeking growth.  And I’m so glad that your worship of God will take place every day this week.

See you Sunday!

In faith, hope, & love,

Pastor Dottie

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