Devotions

Starting Strong

Grow | Devotion #6: Starting Strong
James Mann | Children’s Director

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7

As the Children’s Director at our Goodrich location, I am constantly working on building a firm spiritual foundation for our children to ensure their walk with God is the best that it can be. Many people begin their walk with God but never go anywhere with it. They are starting a race, and barely crossing the starting line. God commands us to dive into His Word and pray to Him for understanding. This is a key starting point in our growth. Many people, like myself, struggle with this. We have so much going on in our day to day, that focusing on our growth is pushed to the back burner. We are all guilty of this to some degree.

After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I decided it was time to take my spiritual growth seriously. I was noticing that my plateaued growth was no longer just affecting me, but my students as well. I was not setting a good example for them. I decided that I was going to begin my master’s degree, in pastoral studies, to get my growth back on track. Now, I am not saying that everyone should go out and get a Bible degree, but this is what made the most sense in my life. Since starting this journey, I have noticed a change in my walk. I am enjoying my time with God, and I am getting more from my studies. Growing with God has become less of a chore and more of an enjoyable thing to do. Like it says in Colossians, if we have truly received Christ Jesus, then we should be walking in Him and have our roots be established in Him. We are not following God’s will for us if we are not taking the time to grow. Sometimes we need to go out of our way and prioritize our time. God desires for us to draw closer to Him through reading His Word and talking with Him. As believers, we should have the same desire.



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