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My Pathway

29 Jan Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on My Pathway
My Pathway
 

“Devaluing mundane tasks robs our perspective of God, who repeats the rhythm of the sunrise every morning.”

-Peter Englert

Early mornings are one of my favorite parts of winter retreats at camp.  I like to get in an hour or so before anyone is up.  The solitude and silence are an enjoyable way to start my day preparing to be on mission, to serve God by serving others.  This past weekend I walked through my routine of getting a fire going in the fireplace and brewing some fresh coffee for the guest group leaders.  When everything was set I took some time to stand out by the entrance to the main building watching the sunrise.

A recent conversation about Gary Thomas’ book Sacred Pathways reminded me of Rick’s post back in July.  Understanding how God wires us to worship Him was enlightening for me.  I have found some of the pathways like “The Contemplative” or “The Intellectual” to be attractive but require hard work and discipline.  They tend to be a bit of a struggle for me.  The “Care Giver” pathway, however, is one that allows me to worship God and experience His presence with a spiritual indulgence.

Stoking the fire, brewing coffee, preparing a meal or setting up equipment for an activity are truly acts of worship for me.  No one needs to be around or see me working.  I simply love serving others, coming alongside them for the sake of the gospel.  I’m not sure which one is the horse and which is the cart.  Has camp fostered my natural pathway of worshiping God or has my desire to worship God by serving others found expression in the context of camp?  Either way, knowing my natural pathway has helped me worship God through my daily routines and special times in between.

  • What’s your pathway?
  • Does your ministry unfold your pathway to worshiping God?
  • Have you identified your pathway and found ways to worship God in your ministry context?
  • Check out the Pathways post on the blog
  • How do you most naturally worship God?  What would it look like for you to make provisions and create a rhythm for worshiping God in the way that renews your soul?

 

Ben Myers
Camp Director at Arrowhead Bible Camp
Ben Myers has served as the Camp Director at Arrowhead Bible Camp in Brackney, PA for the past 13 years. Arrowhead is a ministry committed to discipleship through its programs for adults with developmental disabilities, missions opportunities for youth groups, and mentoring of High School and College students. Ben also teaches as an adjunct professor at Lancaster Bible College and holds degrees from Cairn University and Baptist Bible Seminary.