24/7/365 GROW


                      Growing up in Iowa I lived and breathed on the Aronowitz family calendar.  So much to do and so many places to be.  I had an older brother and two younger sisters, my mom was teaching, and my dad was preaching!  CRAZY!  Even with the chaos though, it was what we knew and it did help us stay organized and stay together!  As a youth pastor I struggle with the family calendar.  So many kids are SO BUSY now that they are missing out on what Christ has for them at church and in the world.  All I can do is encourage people, young and old, about the significance of re-charging our spiritual batteries.  It is tough to be Jesus to the world when we are not allowing Jesus to speak to us.  I have always guaranteed that if you give me your time, which IS VERY IMPORTANT, I will give you a challenge and an encouraging experience.  I’ll help with perspective on life, on Christ, and on how they fit together. 

                  Tonight is our Youth Bible Study at FFUMC.  It is a fantastic opportunity to re-charge during a long school week.  We always start off with some laughter!  Lately we have hung out in the, “would you rather,”  books asking ourselves ridiculous questions.  Then we turn to the Word and see what God has for us.  In closing I make sure that we apply it.  How does this scripture matter to you?  How can it impact your EVERYDAY life?  Paul says to us in Ephesians 5:8-10, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.”

                     I believe that our schedules are important, don’t get me wrong!  Living as Christians in the WORLD is what we are called to do.  Be salt!  Be light!  However, we’ve got to make sure that we are living our lives in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.  It was easy for me, even as a preacher kid who was very plugged into church growing up, to allow myself to slip into the SUNDAY CHRISTIAN boat.  We’ve got to be purposeful in pursuing the Word, in pursuing the fellowship, and in pursuing our own growth and spritual health.  If you are a member of my youth group hear these words.  Get yourself a mid-week re-charge!  Ask your parents to make sure 45 minutes on Wednesday nights can be a part of your family calendar.  Parents, ask your kids if they can make 45 minutes on Wednesday nights fit into what makes up their week.  If you are reading this from another part of the country…pursue a mid-week re-charge.  And if you don’t have a Bible study to go to, call your pastor or call a friend who is walking with Christ and have a visit!  Allow your personal relationship with Jesus Christ to tip the scales of what is important in your life this week…and have a great Wednesday.


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