Maturity

Maturity

Today’s Scripture Selection: Hebrews 6:1

“Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity….”

Do you remember much about elementary school?

I can remember some things:

  • The names of some favorite teachers
  • The big kid who bullied me on the school bus
  • The milk in little glass jars (I know…that dates me)
  • The reading time I loved
  • The time spent at the chalkboard I hated
  • The pretty girls I wanted to get to know better
  • The disappointment I felt when some of them didn’t want to get to know me better
  • What I learned about life that still serves me well

But I am also very grateful that elementary school came to end, then high school, then college, then graduate school (although I still love learning even in post-graduate school now).

Learning is a lifelong process.  So is faith development.

That’s what I like about this passage of Scripture that encourages us to “leave elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity….”

It’s a challenge – but most of all – it’s an invitation

  • To go deeper in relationship
  • To go deeper in appreciation
  • To go deeper in love
  • To go deeper in obedience
  • To go deeper in love

And I trust it will be an ever deepening process eternally.

Life in the school of Christian life is in session.

I hope it never comes to an end.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for calling me into an ever deepening, ever more enlightening relationship with you.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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