BY REV. DAVE SIMONSON - SPIRIT LAKE IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH
Do you like to learn? Do you like it when you learn something new? Does that apply to your faith? How is your faith in the Lord compared to last year? Have you grown? Our faith cannot stay the same. It will grow or it will go away — like our muscles we can have faith atrophy.
This month, many will graduate. When we graduate from high school, we can move on to college. In college, when we finish undergraduate work, we can work on a masters then a doctorate. Each level requires a lot of work.
As Christians, we are people of faith. As I mentioned, our faith must grow. How does it grow? Memorial Day is upon us — summer's unofficial beginning. We don’t normally think of summer as a time to learn. In fact, the opposite may be true. We see summer as a Sabbath, a time of rest and relaxation. God encourages us to take a day of rest each week. And when we do, He makes it Holy and our faith grows.
My encouragement to you this summer in the midst of all you are doing is to take some time and stop. Stop, and then turn to God’s refreshing, restoring, rejuvenating Word. Let that Word exercise and grow your faith. Use a devotion to help or just read through a book of the Bible. God will provide the growth.
You will be blessed for your efforts to grow in God’s grace. Don’t miss out, grow.