In today’s culture we have made ourselves very busy. I’ve often heard people say “if I had to add one more thing…” It’s no wonder people have such a hard time relaxing. I hear more and more about the increase in stress and anxiety and much of it is related to our over scheduled calendars. So, it seems crazy to ask that you consider making a personal commitment to something else. But, not just anything.

This is the concept of add one.

I don’t want to overwhelm you with the burden of over commitment, so to start off with, let’s just add one. For example, it’s always a pleasure to see you at the church. No matter when it is. I am thankful that you take the time to contribute to your faith by attending worship. Not all of you, however, are in the habit of attending every week. Can you imagine how full our sanctuary would be if everyone showed up on the same day?  So, let’s start with the intention to add one.

If you manage to make it to service a couple of times a month, see if you can make it three times a month. The value of taking in great sermons each week and being a part of communal worship is great, and it is important to your discipleship. Having a routine makes it so much easier to show up for those benefits.

What if you’re already a regular attender? How can you add one? Lucky for you, there are many discipleship opportunities at St. Paul’s! There are currently 5 Sunday morning small groups you could be a part of. Already attending one of those? Add one!

Wednesday mornings offer a Ladies Study and Wednesday evenings has a Disciple’s Curriculum Bible Study. Thursday evenings also has an exciting opportunity to discuss deep religious topics downtown on Main St. during Theology @ Theopolis or you could join the ladies of Thursday Eves on the second Thursday night of the month. It’s not about being so busy for God that you miss the entire point of being with God. This is about making sure you’re growing as a disciple of Christ through one worship service, one discipleship opportunity, and one service activity. This is about worshipping God, learning and growing with God, and serving our neighbor; the very tenants of being a disciple.

Recognizing the power of adding one can be dynamic. In an equal battle of Tug of War, if there is a team that can add one person they could have the advantage. Water is merely hot at 211 degrees. However, if you add one degree, at 212 degrees water is boiling and makes steam. Steam can power an entire locomotive! Your spiritual life can honor God in extraordinary ways if you can devote yourself to adding one ingredient more to your discipleship.

Put your hands in the air and reach as high as you can. Now, stretch a little further. See…just when you though you reached as high as you could, you realized you had a little more in you.

In a world of many things that could be in your schedule, choose the things that strengthen your life, betters your spirit, and serve your neighbors.

Tate Monroe
Director of Discipleship and Development