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I've heard it said that it's impossible to be stagnant in the Christian faith: if you're not moving forward, you're moving backward. For me that's pretty convicting!
Right now I'm working on four studies: Proverbs (Sunday school), 1 Peter (small group), John (women's Bible study), and discipleship (on my own). I feel as though I'm learning, growing, and moving forward.
However, I've never studied so much in the past, and I've had times when I "didn't have time" to spend in the Word. (Shhh ... keep that to yourself, okay?) I was definitely sliding backward at those times.
The dangerous thing is this. I can get started with moving forward and quickly gain momentum. Moving backward is usually a gradual process. I miss one day of spending time with God. Then I miss another, then another. It's a slow drift, and sometimes I don't even notice it happening. One day something makes me notice just how large the gap between God and me has gotten.
I doubt that I'm the only one who has experienced this. Have you? Are you moving forward or backward?
PS: If you are participating in the 31 Day / Five Minute challenge and your blog runs on WordPress, I have probably tried to leave a comment in the past two days. For some reason those comments just disappear when I click Post. I'm trying to resolve the problem!