Two Better than One – Pastor Andy Bondurant

Quirky Quirkiness

Yesterday, Pastor Matt wrote about growing together…better. He used the example of a roommate or spouse’s quirky habits – leaving the toilet seat up, throwing clothes on the ground, chomping ice or other inconsequential by annoying tics.

In our daily staff devotions, we discussed the habits that drive our spouses or significant others crazy. Along with the examples above, we shared these:

  • walking/ambling without purpose
  • excessive hand washing
  • putting a glass still being used in the dishwasher
  • walking in the house with work boots/shoes
  • start eating a meal when the rest of the family hasn’t arrived (so it will be hot)

These are just a few of the annoying habits we have as a staff!

As we discussed our quirks, two scriptures came to my mind.

Sharpened by Quirks

Proverbs 27:17 (MSG)
You use steel to sharpen steel,
and one friend sharpens another.

We need each other. We need each other to rub our rough spots off. We make each other sharper. Many of us in the room have been married 15, 20, 25 years, and we still do the same things!

I need to accept my wife’s quirks (much fewer than my own!). Why? Her quirks rub off my rough edges. It makes me sharper. It teaches me to love and accept her and others unconditionally.

A small group of believers meeting together does the same thing. We don’t all see the same things the same way, so when we mix, we knock off the rough edges of our beliefs, thoughts and actions.

Annoyingly Strong

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (MSG)
9-10It’s better to have a partner than go it alone.
Share the work, share the wealth.
And if one falls down, the other helps,
But if there’s no one to help, tough!
11Two in a bed warm each other.
Alone, you shiver all night.
12By yourself you’re unprotected.
With a friend you can face the worst.
Can you round up a third?
A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.

If you learn to put my quirky, odd habits aside (and me yours), we will be stronger. We’ll connect. We’ll grow. We’ll bond.

My Quirkiness makes you Stronger!

Ultimately, I’ll help you stand, and you’ll help me. Even better…add another person or two to the group. Our strength doesn’t add or multiple…it’s exponential!

Sunday, Pastor Matt challenged us to join a Grow Group. I can guarantee your group will be full of quirkiness – much of it yours and mine. If you let it, that quirkiness will make you a better, stronger and more healthy person.

Grow. Together. Better.

Wanna take a Walk? – Pastor Andy Bondurant

Walking is in…at least the thought of walking is popular. One of the top Christmas gifts in 2015 were the Fitbit type watches. In case you are unaware, this wristband/watches keep track of the number of steps you take every day. The idea is to help you be more fit by keeping track of your steps, so you can set goals to take more steps every day or week. Stores couldn’t keep certain styles of these watches in stock this Christmas.

I purchased a Fitbit type watch this past summer, and it works. I took more walks in 2015 than I have in ages – all because of a piece of plastic on my wrist. In fact, I know I took more than 1.2 million steps in just half of 2015. That’s a lot of walking.

Taking a physical walk is trending, but it’s nothing new.

Genesis 3:8-10

8When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the lord God among the trees.9Then the lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”

Walk with God

This is the only time we see God walking in the Garden of Eden, but it doesn’t seem to be the first. We get the feeling that God regularly would walk in the garden, and He would physically walk with Adam and Eve. They would walk together.

Walking has long been a part of growing deep.

walk together

Growing Deep

This week, we have been fasting, praying and asking God to grow our roots deep into Him. Practically, this means being thankful, spending time and putting importance on being with God, having a Word spoken to us (Word of the Year), and looking at Christ.

Let me add one more to this list. Our roots grow deep in God when we walk with Him.

So what does that mean?

What Walking with God looks Like

  1. God wants to walk with you. God showed up in the garden to be with Adam and Eve. He wanted to walk with them. He wanted to be with them. God wants to be with you. He wants to walk down the road you are headed with you. He wants to do life with you.
  2. God wants you to invite Him into your walk. Notice how God showed up in the garden looking for Adam and Eve. Only when He couldn’t “find” them, did He call. God was looking for an invitation from Adam and Eve into their walk. God is looking for an invitation from you into your walk. As much as He wants to walk with you, He won’t do it unless you ask.
  3. God is willing to walk with you in the midst of your mess. God had no problem with Adam and Eve’s nakedness. It was Adam and Eve who had a problem with being naked. God isn’t shocked by your mess. He wants to enter into it with you, so He can help you clean the mess up.

Just Keep Walking

One of the realizations I’ve made with my Fitbit is I’ll never be done walking. If I reach my goal today…there’s always tomorrow. To truly be fit, I have to commit to walking or exercise for life.

Growing deep in God doesn’t happen in a day. It’s a long, continuous process. You have to keep walking with God. Just keep walking…