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March 2, 2015, 9:41 AM

Whats the worst thing that could happen?


Nothing. 

 

That's the worst that could happen.  Because if nothing changes, then nothing changes.  Yes, I'm being intentionally alliterative and cryptic here.  I have two plants in my office, both of which came into my possession one year ago.  I monitor them regularly for one thing:  growth.  If they stop growing, or discontinue to show signs of growth I must address all the factors that I believe are causing it.  The worst thing I could do for my plants, which I have an attachment to, is nothing. If I ignored them, they would die.  If I neglected them, they would die.  

So goes your soul; your faith; your belief; your church.  The worst thing that can happen is nothing.  Neglect, or a lack of being proactive will wither a soul.  What am I proposing?  Simple: read your Bible.  Often, and regularly.  Engage the story of Jesus, and then emulate that story in your own life.  The ONE thing that NEVER happened after an encounter with Christ:  nothing.  Every person who had interaction with Jesus responded somehow, and most of the time it was positive.  (At the top of the negative list is that one time the rich young man walked away downtrodden because of his encounter with Jesus).  

The one thing that didn't happen was nothing.  If we engage with that story regularly, something will happen... growth.  If we turn our attention inward first to our belief, our faith, and our souls, we will discover plants that need tended.  That is essential to the life of all believers.  It is synonymous with the most important commandment:  Love God....and that's pretty cool!  Because when we discover the needs of our souls, we discover the need for God and the desire and passion for God in all the dark and empty places.  We will love him more.

When we tend to our souls, faith, and belief we will then naturally begin tending to those aspects of our lives outside ourselves.  No longer will we struggle trying to fit in service or selflessness, because Loving People is the natural extension of internal spiritual growth.   The cycle of growth moves us in the natural circle of Loving God and Loving People...  Which in turn brings others into that cycle (that's the whole: make disciples command from Matt 28).  

So what's happening in your soul?  Something?  or Nothing...  Because what's happening in there is a clear indicator of what will (or wont) happen out here.  


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