If a month has five Sundays in it, we use that fifth week to highlight a faith skill. These are skills we believe are beneficial in growing one’s relationship with God. They are as follows:
- Navigate the Bible.
- Personalize Scripture.
- Dialogue with God.
- Articulate faith.
- Worship with your life.
Or more simply:
- Learn how to find stuff in the Bible.
- Memorize Bible verses.
- Talk to God.
- Talk about God.
- Do everything you do to honor God.
These are all important skills that a Christian should put into practice. And I say “practice” intentionally. Some of these skills may come naturally to you, but for most of us, we need practice if we want to get better.
For instance, I’m really good at finding stuff in the Bible. It’s not uncommon for me to locate a passage of Scripture faster than someone who’s looking it up on Google. I don’t say this to boast, but only to point out that this skill comes naturally to me.
Other skills don’t. Like talking about God. This isn’t just the skill of sharing your faith with non-believers. It can also be talking to fellow believers about your daily walk. This is difficult for me. I feel very self-conscious when I’m talking about God. Sometimes, when I share my faith, I hear this voice inside saying, “You’re doing it! You’re talking about God! Don’t screw this up!” It feels foreign, clumsy. Akin to the feeling I used to get when talking to pretty girls in high school.
I’m not a terribly skilled pray-er either. I mean, I pray on a regular basis, but I hear stories about people who pray several times a day. They pray for any and every reason. Their connection to God is so strong that it almost seems like they “pray without ceasing.” I wish I could pray like that.
A lot of the time, if something doesn’t come naturally to me, I’ll excuse myself by saying, “Well, it’s just not one of my gifts.” But maybe I’m wrong about that. Maybe I should spend more time practicing the skills I don’t excel at rather than taking pride in the skills that come naturally. If I really believe what I write, and if you really believe what you’re teaching your kids every week, maybe it’s time to focus more on the skills we lack and learn to “practice” what we preach.