Thursday, September 8, 2016

Living Lessons: Time for an Upgrade?

Living Lessons: Time for an Upgrade?
By: Christopher Wiles

     Apple has released it’s highly anticipated upgrades, updates, and iPhone7 preview this week.  All those Apple junkies are either geeking out or cracking jokes at the new wireless ear bud requirements.  Every year in September Apple releases their newest information and upgrades and the masses have come to make it a worldwide spectacle.  Twitter feeds are a buzz, Snapchatters are snapping, and Instagram followers are salivating as they post their newest upgrade delights.  Upgrading our computers, cellphones, and sundry tech devices has become a way of life for most of us.  Yet there are still a few holdouts that don’t desire learn anything new, do anything different, or take advantage of any extra tools that come with upgrades.  Yes, that’s right, there are still those out there that still run the Window’s XP operating system, have never touched a touchscreen, and have never used a GPS navigation. 

     While sticking with what you’ve got isn’t bad if it’s a decision based on good motives like frugality, time management, or necessity, sometimes we don’t upgrade just because we’re lazy and fearful of change.  

     Let’s redirect this conversation to you and your Spiritual life.  Have you been content to just settle with the same old operating system of going to Sunday service and praying only whenever you really want something?   I believe God is calling you to upgrade.

    We have classes on Sunday and Wednesdays that will challenge your thinking and sharpen your Bible skills.  There are service projects galore that will help others and get you out of your comfort zone.  God has blessed us with Bible reading plans that will push you in areas of discipline that may be lacking.  We have a women’s prayer group that may be what you are sorely needing.  Youth rallies and camp weeks may be the upgrade you never knew you needed.  There may even be a new ministry, Bible study, prayer group, fasting opportunity, mentor relationship, or accountability partnership that God is calling you to start. 

Is God calling you to an upgrade?  If so, what is holding you back?

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” – Colossians 1:9-10

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