by Luke Bower — I can still remember when our daughter first started to crawl. She still lacked the strength and coordination to stay up on all fours, but that did not stop her from getting where she wanted to go. She would scoot and roll around until she reached her destination. It was not very efficient and sometimes took her a long time to figure it out. She would even get frustrated from time to time, but she kept wiggling around until she got there.
It was because of all that scooting around that she eventually developed the strength and coordination to begin crawling. If she were to get too frustrated and just give up, she may have never learned the skills she needed to get around.
Many people do the same thing when it comes to their Christian lives. If they don’t really know how to pray, sing, or talk to others about God, they don’t even try. Problem is, if they don’t try they will never learn how.
Maybe you are one of those who has an awkward time when it comes to leading a prayer; or maybe you don’t feel comfortable singing; or maybe, when it comes to telling others about Christ, you just don’t know what words to say. That doesn’t mean you stop doing those things. It is in doing that we learn how.
You scoot before you crawl, crawl before you walk, and walk before you run.
So no matter where you are in your spiritual journey, keep on doing — keep on learning. It may be frustrating at times, but that is all part of learning. Keep trying and — before you know it — things like praying, singing, and telling others about your faith will become second nature to you.
However shaky they may be at times, let us all be thinking about the next steps we need to be taking.
Luke works with the Baker Heights congregation in Abilene TX. This article was published in their bulletin today.