Adventures in Faith: Skijumping

adventures in faithThe time is near when all things will end. So think clearly and control yourselves so you will be able to pray. Most importantly, love each other deeply, because love will cause people to forgive each other for many sins. Open your homes to each other, without complaining. Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s various gifts of grace. Anyone who speaks should speak words from God. Anyone who serves should serve with the strength God gives so that in everything God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Power and glory belong to Him forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:7-11)

Ponder It.

What’s your favorite tool to use, and why?

When have you used a tool in a creative way?

How has God challenged you to do something you didn’t feel equipped to do?

Receive It.

Have you ever watched skijumping? The athlete slides across a plank that is positioned across the steep slope. She places her skis in the narrow tracks, leans forward, tucks her body into a crouched position, then…GO! She speeds down the slope, and as she quickly approaches the final lip of the ramp, she repositions her body and prepares to push off and fly through the air, soaring, floating (with a lot of body control) until it’s time to land. She can only land well if she flies well. She can only soar well if she follows the path and uses the tools she had from the beginning of the jump. It’s the same with us.

God gives us tools. He gives us gifts. He gives us relationships, opportunities…and himself. He gives us everything we need. Whether or not we accept and use them is up to us. We can choose to keep our skis in the tracks created for us or go our own way, which will pretty much always end in disaster. When we do things God’s way, it won’t always be perfectly smooth. We’ll be wobbly. We’ll get distracted and slip and crash. We’ll think our falls are disastrous, that we can’t get back up and try again, but that’s not how God works. He wants us to continually grow in Him. He wants us to trust Him. He isn’t surprised by our missteps and disasters. In fact, He knows how to use them to challenge and grow us. He knows how we can use the tools and gifts He gave us to glorify Him…not just in the ways we expect and not just in particular roles, but in every situation and opportunity. We’re responsible for what God gives us. We don’t get to decide how to use them. We just choose to respond with responsibility.

Live It.

Walk a straight line as much as you can today—literally. Take as few steps as possible. Put one step in front of another. Pay attention to where you’re going and the path you’re choosing. Notice what and who you pass along the path. They’re in your path for a purpose. Follow well.

Today’s post is part of a 30-day devotional of Adventures in Faith. A new post will be available each morning to launch your day with reflection questions, God’s Word, and a personal challenge.

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