Years ago, I was brand new at Grace. The priest approached me at coffee hour and asked me to join a newly formed home Bible study group. At the time, I was not a believer. And I wasn’t sure if I actually wanted to become one. I am an introvert. The last thing I wanted to do was read and discuss the Bible with strangers. However, I was too polite (or too chicken) to say no.
Looking back, I see God’s hand at work in that decision because I began attending and never really stopped. I have been part of some form of weekly small group discussion ever since. The groups have changed and evolved. Members have come and gone, and come back again. We’ve read the Bible, spiritual classics, fiction; much of it literature that I would have been too lazy or intimidated to tackle by myself. If I had not, I would’ve missed out on the experience which, perhaps more than any other, has influenced my growth and formation as a Christian. I guess you could say that I developed book study as my spiritual discipline. Mostly it has been, quite simply, a joy.
Sometimes we hear that we should “step out in faith.” When I joined that first group, I just stepped out. Faith came later. God often calls us that way: Take a risk. Try something new. Move out of your comfort zone. Lent is a good time to do that. So is any time God calls.