I’ve been on an adventure to grow as a follower of Jesus for several decades now.
I’ve tried a lot of different ways to continue to grow and become more and more like Jesus, who seemed to captivate everyone he came in contact with.
I’ve read through the bible over and over again. This can be good, but sometimes it just turns into a chore with mixed results.
I’ve spent hours in prayer. I’m not really sure if it has much effect on making me a better person. Sometimes I just feel ridiculous.
I’ve fasted, I’ve tithed, I’ve done service projects – all with mixed results. Sometimes these things help me grow; sometimes they seem like a practice with little result.
However, there is one practice from which I always grow, always learn, always become more like the person I want to be most like.
It is a practice that cannot be done alone, like bible reading, prayer, or even service projects.
It is a practice that demands I become uncomfortable and take a risk and succeed.
It is a practice that shows me how much I have grown and always stimulates even more growth.
If you want to become more like Jesus, help someone else grow.
Teach them how to read the bible and what you have learned from it.
Pray with them and for them. Serve alongside them and show them what it means to be a servant.
Talk about your spiritual disciplines, share your own struggles with life and faith, and listen to their stories about life and faith.
Be with them as they go through tough times. Listen without judgement. Hug them and cry with them.
Play around with them. Give them high fives when good things happen to them. Laugh with them.
If you want to become more like Jesus, help someone who’s not as far along on that journey to grow.
Maybe you don’t feel qualified. Maybe you don’t feel far enough down this road. Maybe you’re afraid you don’t have anything to contribute.
You do. All you have to do is love to the best of your ability, and you are qualified, you are growing, you are contributing.
If you’re looking for a way to help those not-as-far down the road as you, consider working with our children and youth.
Over the coming months, we’ll be expanding our opportunities to love our kiddos, from nursery through high school.
Consider doing nothing more – or maybe, rather, nothing less – than intentionally choosing to love a baby, toddler, elementary school kid, or teenager.
You will impact their entire life. They will remember you forever. They will grow because of your investment, and so will you.