Everyday I find that I am a learning something new about myself and about my relationship with God. I have been on a journey these last 4 years getting to truly learn about God, drawing closer to Him, and being more intentional about my faith. It has not always been easy. Last year, was a big step forward for my family and me in our growth and in our faith. We connected with a body of believers that we’ve absolutely grown to love and worship with. Then about middle of last years, life began to interfere and we drew away for a short time. Toward the end of the year we drew ourselves back in and have made it a point as a family to become even more intentional about our faith.
Last week, I had a serious gut check of myself and how I was going about things. I knew this all along, but it really hit me as I sat in my Men’s Ministry Group. I have been a Lone Ranger for way too long. For most of the last few years since I began to get more serious about my faith in Christ, I have done things alone. I studied scripture on my own, read through many books of faith on my own. Prayed and conversed with God on my own and dealt with my own issues and sins on my own. I have my wife and together we would have our moments and discussions, but to be honest, we weren’t always on the same page and I was guilty of trying to force her growth, spiritually rather than letting her grow in her faith the way she needed to.
For both of us, though, we realized there was an element missing, especially for me. I never had anyone outside my marriage, no other men in my life that I could do life with and converse with about my faith regularly and help me in my growth. I was doing things on my own. We were doing things on our own. A lot of that stems from being married as young as we were and our goals to make in on our own. We both have friends, but not, especially me, no one that I would connect with on a deeper level of spiritual accountability and faith.
So what’s my point here? The point is you can’t do it all on your own. Yes, there is a lot of spiritual growth that must be individual. We need our alone times to converse with God, we need that solitude. I am going to Colorado this week a lot for that purpose. I’ll talk more about that later. But, the simple fact is that we cannot do it all on our own. We need to be connected with others of faith. When we can connect in this manner it will stimulate our growth and connection with God even more. I’ve missed out on that aspect, a lot because I just never would seek out those connections.
Look all through Scripture. People had there connections to help them along. Jesus had his disciples. The Apostles had the support of one another and so much more. It goes beyond just sitting in groups and worship once or twice a week. We need to do life with others. It is essential for our own growth and sanity. Doesn’t mean it’s always roses and sunshine. It’s a lesson I’ve been learning and slowly coming toward. It’s been out of my comfort zone as introverted as I am , but I think very essential and I am making this a point to become even more intentional in this area of my faith