Since this was my first full week of blogging regularly, I’m still figuring out how it’s all gonna pan out. Fridays I would like to put up something, but not a full fledged post like the rest of the week. I may put up/link to videos, art, or just ask a question (mostly rhetorical as I’ve had only one commenter), as in this week.
Next Monday I’m planning to continue exploring what I started this week when I admitted that all the Christian books I read don’t add up to better spiritual practices and ultimately a closer relationship to God. So I thought I’d link the few days between the posts by asking this question (even at the risk of it being rhetorical).
Ultimately we view the goal of ministry as growing closer to God and bleeding our heart into his. We are recommended particular books and sermons and the like to digest because they can help us on this path, because we think they will pull that person’s spiritual life forward. But I wonder if our expectations are even fair – as we hope to grow leaps and bounds with each book successfully placed back on the shelf and each seminar name tag displayed on our dresser.
I’m married, albeit still a relative newly wed, and you hear of couples who fall more and more in love as each year passes (though my Grandma warned me there will be hard YEARS where you may feel distant and disconnected, and you just have to muster through it), but is it a dramatic difference year to year? Our relationships progress in a linear fashion – of moving more and more toward increased intimacy, but isn’t the progress better measured by inches than miles (or for anyone outside of the USA – measured by millimeters than kilometers)?
What I’m getting at is do you eventually hit a plateau, where the learning curve isn’t as steep as it once was? Where you aren’t growing closer and closer like you were early on? If so, maybe this would help explain the failure of a thousand ministers in pushing us closer and closer to God.
What do you think? Do we put too much trust in books, sermons and conferences? Are we supposed to grow by leaps and bounds all time?