Story of the Day for Monday June 12, 2011
Dead Things Don’t Grow
. . . Just as you learned from us how to live in a manner pleasing to God, in the same way you are living, do so more and more.
1 Thessalonians 4:1
My daughter, Erika, used to walk to work. She had no choice. Her summer job was at Schaeffer Meadows, a remote ranger station near Glacier National Park in Montana. The closest road to the ranger station, at Morrison Creek, was 14 miles, but her usual route from Spotted Bear headquarters wound18 miles over a mountain pass.
Having completed a semester at NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School, hiking 18 miles to work was no big deal.
Our family thought we’d just drop in for a visit one summer, so we hoisted our backpacks, hit the trail, and managed 300 yards before we stopped, exhausted, and had second thoughts about whether we were capable of completing an 18 mile hike.
The first day, we managed to trudge up to a high mountain lake near Whitcomb Peak. And the second day we straggled into the ranger station.
When we hiked out, we followed Morrison Creek and completed the 14 miles in one day.
My son, Randy, joined the Marines a couple months later. Basic training was no picnic. After their first ten mile hike, the exhausted recruits complained at how strenuous the hike had been.
Randy just smiled and said he had been hiking further than this in Montana. At far higher elevation. With a sixty pound pack. And then the clincher . . .and accompanied by his five year old sister.
Faith is like that. When we do more than we ever thought we could have done, we find there is still more that we can do that we never thought we could have done.
Paul is commending the congregation at the Greek town of Thesslonica. They have been learning to apply their faith in Jesus and live in a way that pleases God.
And what does Paul say? “Good going, you guys! Now, keep growing more and more.”
The life which Jesus calls us to is not static. We grow. Look at how the Bible describes the church: we’re always growing. Moving. Building.
Growing doesn’t earn us eternal life. It’s the other way around: you have to first be alive. Dead things don’t grow.
(copyright by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre)