I’m sorry this has gotten a bit bogged down here. Unfortunately I had to have another surgery (not my heart this time though), so it has backlogged me with tons of correspondence and other necessities. So, let’s get on with chapter 13.
As an active participant in a local congregation do you have a feel for how much of your activity was based on doing because you were told you had to, and doing because Jesus invited you into something he was doing? I know that’s tough to gauge, but one of my greatest joys of finding his church in the world is doing very little out of obligation and responsibility, and finding myself endeared to the people and the projects he invites me to engage. For me it has been a major shift. Almost everything I did before was to meet the obligations of the program or rituals and very little of it was endearing.
Now I find myself almost always involved in things that endear my heart. That doesn’t mean they are easy or fun, but that the motivation comes from knowing this is something Jesus has for me and I find that wildly more fruitful.