From The Storyteller
Hello All: This week's story is written in response to a question I recently was asked. If you have a similar question, I hope my story helps. Enjoy. Doug
“If it needs doing, do it”, me watching an 84-year-old man from our church fixing his leaky roof by nailing new shingles down one at a time. I remember this was one of his favorite sayings, and since his roof “needed doing” – he was doing it.
This of course brings me to the observation that a bricklayer builds a wall one brick at a time, an electrician wirers a house one wire at a time, and I put my socks on one sock at a time. Which caused me to think about how the Sunday morning sermon church folks expect to hear is written - one word at a time.
Whether it’s one brick, one wire, one sock, one shingle or one word, “doing” (action) is required to get something done.
And this naturally brings me to a question, as a pastor I’ve often been asked: How can I/we grow spiritually? This translates to, “Tell me that one thing I can do (repeatedly) to grow spiritually?” I smile because my answer is always the same: “It depends on what you feel ‘needs doing’ because that is the best direction finder we have”. Then I offer words from that great philosopher Yogi Berra, “When you get to a fork in the road, take it.”
Yes, if you want to grow spiritually, and you feel something “needs doing” yet you’re hesitating because you’re not sure which path to take, just pick a fork and start walking – one step at a time. Do this trusting that whatever path you choose, when you’re doing what needs to be done you feel alive, and when you are alive you can grow.
Moral: To grow spiritually, do what needs doing.
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