There are pathways all around us. As you drive to work, school, running errands and coming to Fairlane, you are on a pathway. Some pathways are straight, and some are filled with curves. Some pathways make you climb while other pathways let you descend. Some pathways are difficult to follow while some are nice and easy. Every day, we experience pathways.
As I’ve studied spiritual growth and what can help us grow deeper in our relationship with God, I’ve discovered there are various pathways to growth. Some of these pathways are pretty easy to navigate. They come naturally to me and don’t require too much effort on my part. Some of these pathways are difficult and challenging. They don’t come naturally to me, and I tend to resist following them. After all, we tend to choose the pathways which are easiest to travel.
These pathways have been used by disciples for centuries dating back to the time of Christ. He used them in His life and His example and teachings lead us to utilize them as well. There are challenges to using them. They tend to be countercultural. You won’t find too many, if any, popular self-help books advocating for them. A majority of Christians may attempt a couple of them but for the most part several of them go unused or ignored. Yet, these pathways have proven to strengthen faith, encourage the struggling and point us to the disciplines that help us lead our best lives here and throughout eternity.
This Wednesday evening at 7p.m., we are going to begin a discussion about these pathways that lead to spiritual growth. Over the next couple of months, we are going to explore meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity/solitude and service. How do these “pathways” help us grow in our relationship to God? How can we walk them effectively? What challenges do they present? Where do we see examples of them within God’s story? Why have they been used for centuries by Christians striving to grow deeper in their faith?
If you are looking to experience spiritual growth and explore some pathways that can help facilitate a deeper relationship with God, I want to encourage you to join us for this discussion and study. You will be challenged and pushed out of your comfort zone, but you will also be blessed as you tread these ageless pathways into a deeper, stronger relationship with God. I hope you will join us!