Last Tuesday, Pastor Paul Scanlon of Abundant Life Ministries came and spoke to the staff at Celebration Church.
It was good stuff.
One of the things he talked about was creating an atmosphere of growth. He used a laptop as an analogy for human tendency. If you let a laptop sit there, it will eventually “go to sleep.” The same goes for us as humans. We naturally tend to maintain the status quo and be lazy.
But use a laptop just a little bit and the possibilities are limitless. Force a human to grow and his/her possibilities are limitless.
So I’ve been thinking about creating an atmosphere of growth in my own spiritual life.
For starters, there are a handful of things I know I need to be consistently growing in regardless of what season or stage in life I’m in.
- Reading/meditating/memorizing the Bible
- Praying (not just for my needs, but others as well)
- Ability to love and show love
- Being a light to those who don’t know Jesus
Those are the ones I can think of right now. I’m a systems kind of guy, so what I plan on doing is looking up some related scripture, memorizing them and taking a look at my progress on these areas each month.
Let’s call this Phase 1 of creating a growth environment. ;)