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Growing or Dying

My Story Graphic Do you have a plan to grow and challenge yourself this spring? Pastor Rey encourages us to grow by joining small groups and sharing our struggles and praises with others.

Can you believe that it's already May? This year has just flown by. Isabela is a year old and desperately needs Jesus in her heart. Elijah is learning lots in kindergarten. We are reading a book on science and biology together. One interesting fact I learned years back, but had forgotten - "Every living thing is either growing or dying." I think that is true regarding our faith as well. Over the years, I have noticed that same principle re-enacted in the lives of countless people. I can divide people into two categories - growing or dying. I think Peter has this in mind when he writes in his letter –

1 Peter 1:5-10 “ For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble…”

You can hear this in Peter voice - you are either growing in your faith or it is inevitable that you will be dying. So add this and that to your faith. Don’t stagnate. Don’t get comfortable with the status quo make every effort to grow and make it a priority. If you don't make every effort to grow, you will stumble. So how are you going to grow this spring/summer? My suggestion - get into one of these TLC’s. Share your faith and struggles with others. Read and study scripture together. Sharpen yourself and other s in the process. Please pray about joining a group. Like what you see but want more? Check out Washington Cathedral's website for more information.