We have kicked off a 40 Day E-vent at Parkside called “The Flight of the Soul.” We are studying discipleship together, as we use a book Pastor Rodney wrote about his experience on sabbatical and training for a marathon. Don’t worry, we won’t be asked to run a marathon after the 40 days! The goal of this study is to dig deeper into our discipleship and the many ways that we can follow God with our mind, body, and soul. Join us for the E-vent, we still have room!
Last week, we focused on the importance of our bodies in our discipleship, this week we wrap up our 40 Day E-vent by looking at a few gifts for discipleship that Pastor Rodney discovered while training for the marathon. We will focus on three of these gifts: breathing, perseverance, and patience. Perseverance and patience sound like gifts to most of us. We see the sharp focus in the eyes of an athlete, who sweats and strains through pain with tensed muscles to achieve greatness, and we marvel at her perseverance. “We could never do that,” we say. We observe the inventor calmly adjusting small variables one by one through hours of experiments and countless failure. It didn’t work … shift this wire. It didn’t work, adjust the timing. It didn’t work; try it again this different way. I’m frustrated just writing about it, and he remains patient, pressing forward to accomplish something new. “We could never do that,” we say. But breathing, is that really a gift? We can do that, so maybe we should start there, because if we can do that, and it is a gift, then maybe, we can also open up the gifts of perseverance and patience. Are you curious? Do you feel like you could use some more perseverance and patience in your life? Join us this week. Parkside is the place where you belong!