Show You Believe by Belonging
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35 NLT)
Ramblings from Evan’s dad – Evan joined the Boy Scouts five years. His dream was to become an Eagle Scout. He crossed over from Webelos to Scouts with the Arrow of Light ceremony four years ago. Three years ago, we both went to Scout Camp for the week where he was able to earn a number of the needed badges. We got him a new uniform, hat, socks, shoes, and even a cool knife. He loved it and looked forward each week to going and learning more.
Two years ago right after scouts started back up, Evan’s school work got heavier. He started stressing out on Mondays because of his weekly scout meeting. Reluctantly, to focus on school, he put Scouts on the back burner for a few weeks. A month later he was still not carving out time for Scouts. I occasionally asked him about going to a meeting, or on a weekend trip. The answer was always the same, “Maybe next week.”
We didn’t make it to another meeting that year. When it came time for things to kick off the next year, I once again asked Evan about Scouts. He said he wanted to pass on Scouts for that year. It dawned on me that he had not been around his buddies and the camaraderie, and slowly over time he had lost the desire.
I look fondly back at those days of Scouts. We made some memories going to the meetings. We made even more on the camping trips. (Frankly, it made it easier on me when he stopped because it freed up my Monday nights and one weekend a month when we would go on our camp outs.)
Evan’s experience with Scouts is a lot like people’s experience with church. They go for a while and enjoy it. They even have hopes of where it will lead them spiritually. Unfortunately, the distractions of life start pulling at them, they decide to miss a week. Something else, not necessarily bad, comes up and they miss another week and soon their mantra becomes “maybe next week”. Pretty soon its been s few months. They miss the opportunity to be around friends at church. They miss out on the encouragement and camaraderie, and even the blessing they might feel through the Holy Spirit.
Spiritually they start withering, and eventually they atrophy finding little or no desire to go. Satan is very patient. Satan is very good at distracting us with things that aren’t bad per se, in fact, they are often fun or “important”. But like Evan and Scouts, if you aren’t careful, you wake up one day and realize its been two years and you no longer have a desire to go…
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)