In a conversation with a friend he told me how his dad invited him and his friends to an evening in his backyard, when they were in high school, and gave them alcohol so that he could "supervise" what they would have done elsewhere anyways. He thought he was helping them in their maturing process.
Aside from what I think about his tactics I wonder how strategic we should be in our spiritual maturing process and that of our kids. Are you intentional or are you hoping for the best? Does maturity happen no matter what, or is there a need for specific attention to our spiritual growth?
The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and told them that they should have grown up and been able to handle the meatier things of faith, but were still on milk. He was disappointed in their growth.
I hope he would not be disappointed in us.
I am preparing to speak on Sunday from 1 Samuel 17 about David and Goliath and I have been thinking about how to fight. Some have been known to go in head down and arms swinging, but David was a smart fighter. He went in with a strategy. He went in with a sling and five stones keeping his distance from the giant of a man. And he knew the battle belonged to the Lord. In the spiritual battles you face remember who the battle belongs to and go in smart.
I completed my first blog entry and then proceeded to lose it in cyberspace. Just know that it was brilliant and it would be impossible to do more than once. Until then consider that Jesus said "man does not live on bread alone". What are you living on these days?
I suspect there are hundreds of thousands of Blogs online if not millions. At one time or another people like me begin a blog, but many have run out of things to say. To avoid this I do not plan to share any original thoughts :) On occasion I will write a blog about what God has already written. This way I will not be wrong about what I write and I will never run out of material.