It is that time of year that parents rejoice and some youth don’t like. It is back to school.
As if learning is something we only do from Kindergarten through college graduation! If that were only true, the only time we stop learning is when we are dead! And even then I bet we will learn something in the great wonderful eternity we get to spend with God.
So back to school and back to learning new things, deepening our faith and growing closer to God.
The book Frog’s Without Legs Can’t Hear, Nurturing Disciples in Home and Congregation starts by asking, “Are we forming faith?”
And that is a great question to always be asking our selves, as faith formation is a process that never ends.
In the book, there is a story about a woman who was in a coffee shop wearing a cross and the young person waiting on her told her he liked her cross and then asked her if she was practicing?
And that is a great question.
You see faith is something we are given by God but is something we are constantly learning about and forming and growing into. And faith is something more than just a belief. It is something that needs to be practiced. Faith is something that if it becomes stagnate will die. It has to move and grow and change with the times and fill in the spaces between us and God and the world around us so that we can all be connected to God. Faith is not something that stays the same but is a living part of us that changes over time.
St. Francis of Assisi is attributed with saying, but didn’t actually say, but really meant something to the effect, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words.” You see our lives should be lived in such a way that the good news of Jesus just flows out of everything we do.
So is your life forming faith?
And are you practicing?