This week the Christian Gaming Community is expanding its Ministry group and we are blessed and grateful for Hediru and Highlander as contributing bloggers to this website. This husband and wife team are pastors of the United Methodist Church in Ohio and both enjoy gaming after a busy day in service to our Heavenly Father God Almighty.
This week, the children in my community are going back to school. When I was a kid, I used to hate this time of year, because it meant that my summer of freedom and play was about over, and it was time to return to classrooms, tests, and lots and lots of homework. However, there was always one part of this time of the year that I used to love: back to school shopping! There is something about new pens, pencils, notebooks, and a brightly colored Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper (yep, dating myself) that filled me with hope. This year would be my year! This year, I would get all of my homework done on time, I would keep my desk/locker clean, I would make new friends (and perhaps that cute boy would notice me), and I would get straight A’s. That enthusiasm would last maybe a week or two into the school year before I eventually fell back into old habits and old ruts and accepted that this year would be exactly the same as the year before.
Our faith life can be like that, too, sometimes. We go away for a weekend retreat or spiritual conference, or something else happens in our lives to jump start our faith life. We get the spiritual high from spending time with God and have all of these hopes and plans. We’re going to pray more, read the Bible more, tithe more, etc. But after a short period of time, we find ourselves back in the same rut. It doesn’t have to be this way! “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24). The change requires discipline. I challenge you: pick one spiritual discipline that you are lacking in (i.e. regularly reading the Bible, praying, attending worship, tithing), and set reminders, alarms, or whatever you need to do to make that discipline a permanent change in your life. With God’s help, this year will be your year!