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October 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

Investing in Growth


As a family, we have experienced many of the ups and downs as well as many milestones that families encounter. One of these was when our daughter approached the time to ditch her “little bike” with training wheels and learn to ride her first mountain bike. There were two important problems standing in the way. Courtney, when she gets nervous about something like this gets hyper-scared and needs tons of reassurance to get comfortable enough to succeed. The other problem involved my inability to run from my spinal cord injury.  I was unable to be beside her in a conventional way, to provide that assurance as she tried.

The owner of our bike shop gave me some advice on how to succeed and we began a unique method. I removed the pedals from her new bike and just told her to push with her feet around the garage in a circle. I stood still in the middle and just watched her, carefully offering bits of assurance when needed. Progress was slow; we spent many hours over many days. But, as she got comfortable, she pushed faster and began to develop balancing skills, if just slightly. After some time at this, we moved to the driveway, with her pushing from one end to the other. Once again, many hours over many days coupled with assurance and patience slowly yielded results. Then, we began the process all over again, this time with the pedals on.

Nowadays, she rides through the neighborhoods with me and soon, she will start the organized rides that I participate in. Eventually, she will out ride me with ease. Looking back it was an incredible process to be a part of.

We are all constantly investing in our own lives and others. Some things are great, some things are not. God gives us some insight into this in biblically in the book of Galatians;

Galatians 6:7-10

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

I am sad to think of all the time and energy I spent investing in things like laziness, pride, jealousy and the like. But I cherish the thought of all of the countless hours and perfect patience that God has invested in me despite my diversions from His will. It has resulted in a long term, changed life. It comforts and gives me confidence as I make my journey. It gives me the patience and persistence that is needed through trials and victories. It inspires me to invest, over the long term, in others, whom God can show Himself and His attributes to through me and my life.

What about you? With Courtney I didn’t feel up to the task, but she needed me, my time and effort.  Your family needs your spiritual commitment. Your church also needs your time and effort. Your community, especially in times like these demands the Good News more than ever. You may not feel up to the task. But with patience, effort and a devotion to God through prayer and Bible study your family, church and community will also experience that long term change and growth which we are promised. It’s not always easy. But it is always worth it.

Blessings


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