Grow roots!

Psalm 1. “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.” NIV

This past Monday and Tuesday, Bobby and I along with Chris Wheat attended the Better seminar in Lewisville, TX put on by the Jenkins Institute. Most of the 50 plus men there were “preachers” but there were a few of us “youth minister types” there as well. I have to say that I really enjoyed my first experience at this seminar. The topics that were covered were of a practical nature but one thought that kept running through my mind was the bolded section of Psalm 1 above. It’s important for us as Christians whether we’re full-time ministers or not to make sure that we’re focusing on God’s Word. One trap that’s easy for ministers to fall into is the idea that studying for a sermon or class is the same as personal study. It’s not. Personal study in God’s Word is vital if we’re going to grow in our relationship with him. I included the entire text of Psalm 1 just so you could see it.

In the margin of my Bible I have written, “Plant! Grow roots in, get nourishment from the Word.” I need to be reminded of the importance of that every now and then as I’m sure all of us do. Spend time with God and read his words to you this week. Grow!

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