I heard about a study recently that said couples who experience something new on a date have a closer connection after that date than if they do what they normally do on a date. One couple had decided to go on a flying trapeze experience instead of doing the typical dinner and a movie. Yes. They actually tried out swinging on some flying trapeze swings. The wife thought her husband was crazy at first but decided to go along with it. They talked about how amazing the experience was and how they were laughing all the way home about this crazy experience they had together.
I think this could apply well to our faith also. It might be time to try a new thing in order to go deeper in your faith. If the only thing a person does to grow their faith is go to church for year after year then their faith is going to be limited by that one faith growth experience. I know that as I think over my adult life many of the times my faith really grew were times I tried new things such as a small group bible study experience or a Christian retreat or a Christian book everyone was talking about. We have lots of new programs starting this fall (Financial Peace, ReEngage Marriage Ministry, Rooted Discipleship Experience, Divorce Care, Grief Care). Click here to sign up. Lots of ways for you to try something new. A new faith enriching experience can grow your faith in ways it has not grown for years.
In August, my oldest daughter, Sarai, heads off to college at Concordia Wisconsin in Mequon, WI. Talk about trying something new. As her father, I am nervous for her and I am sure it will be a very difficult day when we drop her off. But at the same time, I am very excited for her, she is ready, we have grounded her well and she is ready to take that next step. She is going to experience many new things. Some of the new things at college will challenge her faith and some of the new things will grow her faith. I am thankful she is going to this wonderful Lutheran University and has an opportunity to grow in her faith in all kinds of new ways.
So try something new this fall. Engage with your faith in a new way and watch it grow.
Pastor Chad Starfeldt
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
Pastor Chad Starfeldt was installed at Shepherd of the Hills in June of 2012.