Breaking news – I’m turning 45 this year, and getting a little bit more reflective every day!    One of the things I think about often is people I have met along my life’s path, who could never really “connect” in churches.

(Some background info; I grew up the son of a preacher, so I have spent the majority of my life in church in some way, shape or form.)

OK, back on track now.  As I think about the folks who could never “connect”, it reminds me of a passage that has become one of my favorites.   Psalm 92:13 talks about how those that are planted in the house of the Lord, will flourish. I have found that scripture to be true. If you are one who is having trouble “connecting”, I want to challenge you to ask yourself, “Am I truly planted?”

Here are three basic questions for you to ask yourself to find the answer.

  • Is serving consistently and faithfully in the house of God a priority for me?  (By the way, I am not talking about being on a schedule once a month.)
  • Is attending services something I do each week TO LEARN? (Taking notes from my Pastor’s sermon, going back over the message during the week, whatever it takes for you to lean in and learn.)
  • Do I work at building relationships in my church, spending time with people on purpose? (Serving, attending a small group, just being hospitable and inviting someone over.)

If you answer no, to even two of those questions, unfortunately, you will probably have a hard time “connecting” wherever you try to call home.   Good news, if you get yourself truly planted, you will flourish. God said so.  If Joy is the place you call home, or want to and need help, check out the “Next Step” portion of our website, and we will do our very best to try and help you get planted!

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