- “I have had prayers answered – most strangely so sometimes – but I think our heavenly Father’s loving-kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me.” – Lewis Carroll
- “Don’t pray for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs.” – Anonymous
My lovely wife Vicki and I had a conversation the other evening about church, about what the morning sermon had sparked, about what we were thinking and hoping. There’s no map for "spiritual growth", and we’re both looking for some direction for the "what next?" of our life together. I hope it will translate into prayer together for direction, for our own lives as productive members of society, for our kids growing up in the world and not of it.
For me, I like conversation as a directional tool. It’s my compass, my google map. My ideas bouncing out against your ideas and their ideas and her ideas and his ideas. Point and counterpoint leading to some good point for us to make our way towards together. If anything, that’s what we might be missing most right now in removing ourselves from small groups. So, practically at least, that might be our opening push in the coming month or so, just getting back into the swing of a gathering with like-minded and like-directioned folks. We’ve also talked about talking more together. Isn’t the marriage model really the smallest and most intimate small group? Our own prayers together, our own conversation and mutual uplift, our own growth as husband and wife – those things with some intentionality and oomph will do much to add to the spiritual formation of our family, too.
One of my "intentionalities" is going to be the seven-day challenge at LifeChurch.tv. Follow the link and leave a comment if you’d like to be a part. Basically, tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT, the leaders will be online sharing something from their hearts on using our online opportunities to share life and Jesus with a world in need. If you’ve read this far, you probably have a gumption within – maybe that can be my book title, The Gumption Within – to do something meaningful, or to at least be encouraged to head in that direction. For me, this will be "small group" this week, each night with 100+ folks online experiencing something new and empowering together.