School books with apple on desk

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 council has been reading a book called Frog’s Without Legs Can’t Hear, Nurturing Disciples in Home and Congregation this year. It starts by asking, “Are we forming faith?”

And that is a great question to ask.

In the last chapter we read as a council there was 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.

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?

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