We used to strategize our spiritual formation. We planned out message series, bible studies, and a step by step path for discipleship. That’s what we knew to do at the time. And it was good.
But we were missing something big.
Being intentional about our spiritual life is key but it can also be a way we busy and distract ourselves from dealing with deeper issues. These days “planned curriculum” is only half of what we consider spiritual growth tools.
True discipleship happens constantly through everyday experiences. Each day when we wake up, there is an unplanned “customized curriculum” that’s already been created, uniquely for us. It’s called life.
Jesus taught his disciples “along the way.”
He often used situational discipleship to show his followers the way.
So, one of the ways we practice this now is to pay attention to whatever brings us down. We try to notice the kinds of people, issues, and circumstances we allow to steal our joy, sap our peace, or lose our love.
Just making a point to noticing this every day can be its own personalized discipleship course.
We note negative thoughts, comments, or reactions to things like:
- Slow traffic
- Late people
- When someone critiques or criticizes us
- Someone who disagrees with us
- Something that just shouldn’t be happening right now
- When others are in a foul mood
- Mistakes & failures
- Unmet expectations
- A low attended meeting
- Feeling overlooked or unseen
- A negative hit in the bank account
- Feeling unappreciated
- Inconsiderate people
- Brash or boastful people
- Technology snags
- Inconvenient interruptions
- Feeling disrespected
- Feeling cheated
The list of opportunities God allows every day to show us where our real work is endless.
Start noticing the situations that bring you down. What causes you to lose those life-giving fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, and peace? Get curious about that.
Join us in the discipleship of everyday circumstances. That’s where you’ll find Jesus still teaching his disciples.