THE DIFFERENT SEASONS...I have often heard it said that people love East Tennessee because here, we experience all the different seasons. Now I admit, we oft times do not have much in the way of winter, except cold temperatures. Yet, all in all, we do have spring, summer, winter, and fall. I do, by the way, enjoy elements in all four.
What about the different seasons of life? We live in what I sometimes refer to as Chapters. In each chapter, it seems a variety of happenings emerge. In the early seasons of life, we get our education, develop basic values, and begin to set goals. In the next season, we prepare for our lives ahead. This usually includes more education, in specialized areas and goal-setting. Life continues on with either career aspirations high or included with an expectation of marriage and a family. In all the different seasons or chapters, we make adjustments.
What about the spiritual life? Here also, we find different seasons. In the beginning, we seek refuge from an unavoidable sinful disposition. We become instructed in the ways of those who follow the Nazarene. For many, it almost stops there. Yet in observing the lives of many vibrant Christians over the year, we see a continued growth and development,
a growing desire to be more like Jesus Christ. God leads us through all our phases of life and helps us whatever occurs.
In what season do you find yourself regarding the spiritual life? Are you steadily growing, at a standstill, or even digressing in your walk of faith? These are challenging questions which we need to honestly consider. It is in the purposes of God for us to grow in grace. That does not happen automatically. We must desire it with all our hearts. Whatever your season in the spiritual life, I pray you will seek and find opportunities to grow and become a stronger witness to the power of Jesus Christ in a life.
"This Week at St. Mark's"
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Blended Worship Service and Children's Church
The nursery is open for infants and toddlers.
6:15 - Praise Team Practice
6:00 pm - Youth Group
6:15 pm - Choir practice
Please visit our calendar for a complete list of activities.
The Hands and Feet of Christ