New Life Sunday – To grow or not to grow

We just finished a birthday party for Sophia who just turned 8 years old with her friends from school. I remember the day we drove into the hospital for her birth. Since she was going to be induced, we were able to plan. We woke up early in the morning, stopped by quick trip for a little coffee and breakfast and then it was on to the hospital. Leigh-Ann had made a plate of brownies for the nurses. We walked into the birthing center, Leigh-Ann handed the brownies to the charge nurse and asked for an epidural.
 
Within a few hours it was “game on.” She popped out, screamed and hasn’t looked back since. It is amazing to think about how fast the last 8 years have gone. Life seems to only move faster and faster.
 
It is a miracle to consider how Sophia can now ride a bike, kick a soccer ball and run like the wind. She has developed her own artsy, spunky personality and she has a tender heart for Jesus and people who are less fortunate.
 
She has certain traits that remind us of ourselves. This may tread into dangerous territory, but she has a tendency to speak her mind. I’ll let you guess what parent she gets that from :). When we hear good news about her behavior it makes us smile. As she continues to mature, we are able to have deeper conversations and share more in common.
 
Relating to our kids can provide a window through which we can see certain characteristics of what it must be like for God to relate to us. At the beginning of our relationship with God, we comprehend only the simplest concepts such as: we were made by God for a purpose, we have failed God and we need someone to save us from the holy wrath of God.
 
When we call out to Him for salvation by faith, our relationship begins. As we learn more about Him and grow in our faith that relationship develops.
 
This Sunday we wrap up our study of 1 Thessalonians with a practical challenge on growing in our relationship with God. It is a continuation from last week where we studied the relationship between church leadership and the congregation. This week we shift to study the relationship between Christians and God.
 
All this talk about relationships falls under the main theme for the book of discipleship. If you have time, you may enjoy reading through the whole book of 1 Thessalonians before Sunday. Its only 5 chapters and should take you less than 15 minutes.
 
I hope that each of us can learn more to help us as we grow in our relationship with God. Now I better help clean up or I’ll have another email topic for next week.
 
Troy
 

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