February 28, 2010
Every four years I transform into the ultimate curling, bobsled and luge fan. Its like clockwork. For those few weeks, I camp out on the couch and become completely engrossed in all things Winter Olympics. Sadly, this passion is always short lived as my interest in these sports completely disappears the moment the closing ceremony begins.
As proud as I am of my commitment level to watching sports, it pales into comparison to that of a Chicago businessman who recently broke a world record by watching televised sports for 72 hours consecutively. Yes, you read right. He sat in a recliner for 3 straight days tuned into a sporting event.
Other than achieving a little notoriety and feeling like a zombie due to his lack of shuteye, not much was gained from staying put in one place for hours on end. Yet, this doesnt mean that sticking with something for an extended period of time is a worthless pursuit. Scripture paints a different picture about the benefits of being persistent in our pursuit of spiritual growth. Consider these words from Psalm 1:1-3:
1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
The author uses the imagery of a tree to describe what takes place when we keep Gods word before us. Over time it begins to build deep roots in our heart and enables us to bear the fruit we were designed to produce. By arranging your life for growth through the lens of your One Word, you have put yourself in a position where God can go to work on you.
With only a few more hours left in February, we hope you take a moment to celebrate your growth and Gods faithfulness in the midst of the process. It is also our prayer that you would remain planted so you can continue to bear fruit as a result of letting the Holy Spirit work in you through your One Word.