Do you know that we pray for you? We hope so. Leadership can be challenging, and we know you have a busy life apart from what you contribute to your group each week. Above all, we hope stay connected to God, to have a growing relationship with Jesus.
If you’re anything like me, what I do to stay connected has to work for me or I’m not going to be able to stay committed to it over time. With a thousand things on my mind, the ease of my snooze button, and a full calendar, I’ve had to be creative at times to stay connected to my heavenly Father.
I recently was in a rut, and thought back to when I felt most alive in Christ—when he and I were in a great place in our relationship. It was when I agreed to memorize scripture with a group of people. I was actually challenged to do it, and because I’m a little more competitive than I let on, I made it my mission to memorize everything. In my mind, to win.
But I didn’t expect the practice of memorizing scripture to be any different than me reciting my grocery list.
I was shocked to find myself excited and energized by the powerful words that were repeating in my mind, and eventually coming out of my mouth. I found myself including these scriptures into my conversations with God and even praying them over other people. And, best of all, I found myself connected to the truth of God’s love for me in a way I hadn’t in quite some time.
So, almost 10 years later, I’ve started memorizing scripture again. And this time I’m the one challenging people to join me on this journey. Now, I’m challenging you: memorize a verse or group of verses each month. If you want any easy place to start, here’s a great one:
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
"Filled to the measure of the fullness of God." Wow. As group leaders you are the ones that are modeling the way for spiritual growth in your group by prioritizing your own spiritual growth. That’s why we desperately want you to stay connected to God.