I thought my discipleship days were over. I would never have actually said that, but it was definitely how I lived.
I had a very clear idea of how one went about becoming discipled. You had an “experience”. You went on mission trips (I went on eight), you spent summers doing full-time service (I did three), you took a job in the inner city (lived there two years), and you took every course that your church offered (I lost count).
Those experiences molded me and shaped me into the person that I am today. Learning to die to self, growing in compassion, how to relate to others in a holy manner – those are just some of the lessons I learned.
Around my 30th birthday, I knew I was past the age where an “experience” was practical. I was married, had a son, and worked full-time. I cut my hair because I did not even have time to blow dry it, I certainly did not have time for any extra “experiences”. I assumed that my time to be discipled had passed.
I was wrong.
We never stop growing! You do not get to decide that you have grown enough and now you are done. Well, you could do that, but who wants to live that way? Not me!
That’s when I discovered Joyce – Joyce Meyer that is. She is a TV and radio evangelist and the author of multiple bestsellers.
I am normally anti-TV evangelists, too many scandals from the 80s. Joyce happened to be on during the time that I drove to work, and something about her hit a bell. Every time I listened, I would learn something! I then started reading some of her books, and I would learn even more.
Next thing I knew, I was hooked. Then God revealed something to me.
I don’t get to be done with discipleship.
At this time in my life, I don’t have time to be discipled in the same way as when I was younger, single and childless, but that doesn’t exempt me. The better question is:
What can I fit into my life?
Bible reading over morning coffee
Watching Joyce or doing some inspiration reading while I feed the baby
A 15 minute podcast while I walk
Meditating on a scripture while I drive.
- A Bible Study on a lazy Sunday afternoon
I do not have time to do all of these things every day, but by making discipleship an intentional part of my every day life, and not just an “experience”, I find myself drawing closer to God.
The theme of my summer ministries was “a Summer set apart for a life time set apart“. Well, I’ve got news:
This is that Lifetime. I do not intend to waste it.
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What one thing can you intentionally do to draw closer to God? Go do it!
“Seek peace and pursue it” Psalm 34:14b