Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
After a brief break, I reengage with writing for the blog. It is always good to step away from a routine for a time. But it is also always good to reengage, to step back into the routine. I find that is true for writing the blog.
While I did not post anything during this break, as I read materials and pondered matters, my mind often engaged in a way that processed for a blog post. (In fact, I saved some of those which will be posted at some point in the future.) It is quite amazing how habits and disciplines affect our thinking and our living. When I write that, I am, of course, thinking of the good habits and disciplines that become part of the routine of our lives that form and shape us. But because of the “power” of them, unhealthy habits and disciplines can and will hurt, affect and possibly harm oneself and others.
I am thankful for a break and change of pace. I am also thankful for routine. My desire in all of life is to live, think, love, serve, write, whatever I do, to do it all for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17, 23), with the strength he works in me (Col. 1:29), for the purpose of godliness (1 Tim. 4:7-8), desirous to use time and energy wisely (Eph. 5:15-17).
With fall ministries beginning, might you remember that it is not by might, nor by power but by the Spirit you live life and engage in ministry (Zech. 4:6), that it is his mighty power that works in you, not your own strength (Col. 1:29), and that ultimately you will find and experience the joy of the Lord being your strength (Neh. 8:10).
Lord, may it be so.