Juggling and Growing True Disciples

In a recent article, I wrote about the connection between juggling and teaching.  Here’s another analogy comparing juggling and growing true disciples.

Several years ago, my daughters played Upper Basketball.  During the Awards service, Mark Lippard entertained.  This guy could juggle.  He juggled fire and 7-9 balls.  He juggled on a unicycle.  He really was terrific.  Why?  Because he was focused.  It easy for us to lose our focus. 

One of the best books that I read on Discipleship was George Barna’s book, Growing True Disciples.  The premise of the book is how are we doing?  How are we doing about changing lives?  How are we doing about Spiritual Transformation?  At one point, he says what we know:  There is minimal difference between the believer and the unbeliever. 

In I Corinthians, Paul identifies four types of people:  The Natural Person, the Spiritual Christian, the Carnal Christian and the New Christian.  I took a day off to think:  What kind of Christian am I? 

As I prayed, I begin to identify things that I love, that might keep me from being focused on God.  One by one,  my mind started to think about the things that I am passionate about:  The University of Tennessee Volunteers Football and Basketball ,  Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Cardinals (By the way, the Cardinals have won 8 straight…Go Cards), Nashville Predators, Golf, Politics, Checkbook, My work, and yes, even my Family.  None of these items are bad but all at times can keep me from being focused on God.

As ministers and teachers, it easy to lose focus.  The urgent hollers.  Howard Hendricks wrote in the book, The Seven Laws of the Teacher, “Teachers must teach out of the overflow of a full life.”  What  hinders you from being the vessel that God can use?  Have you lost your focus?  Let’s stay focused on Growing True Disciples.

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