Creekside is launching a Spiritual Growth initiative this fall, E3. It’s a 3 year journey, and it’s not easy. Our hope with this Spiritual Growth journey is that it would develop disciples who will discover their personal mission in the Kingdom of God. There is a weekly group meeting, connecting with a mentor, reading throughout the week, journaling, and a lot of reflecting. E3 is going to be intense and it will change lives and, I believe, strengthen our church.
Many people were interested in this journey, and want to do this, and I’m hearing over and over again that this is not the time for them to start this journey. Lives are busy and they don’t want to commit to something that they won’t be able to actually commit to. And I applaud their honesty.
The last thing I want Creekside to do is add one more thing to people’s lives. It’s easy for me to expect everyone to do everything the church is up to. And I want a crowd as much as the next guy, but I don’t want a crowd of people who feel like they are obligated to do something. If you can’t do it, don’t do it.
Due to scheduling stuff at Northwest, I can’t take enough classes to qualify for my financial aid in the fall semester. I could take a class and try to pay out of pocket, but that would add a lot of stress for me and Kathy. But with all the stuff that is happening at Creekside this fall Kathy and I just decided that I would take the fall semester off of school. I could try to force it and take that one class, but I would kill myself in the process.
Part of Spiritual Maturity is knowing your limits. If you don’t know your limits you will burn out. If you don’t know your limits, you will say yes to everything, when you should only say yes to the right thing and the best thing.