Prayer: Lord, help me to pay attention to your Spirit living in me.
Reading: Romans 8:9-11 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: When I don’t feel good, I get grouchy. Something inside of me tells me that I’d feel better if I decided not to be grouchy. It’s not easy to not be grouchy when I’m feeling bad. But, it does help. At least for as long as I don’t give in to being grouchy.
That’s one way, I think, for us to understand this flesh and Spirit battle that is a part of our lives every day. I’m sick so I’m grouchy. Or I’m human so I’ll do the things humans do. Or maybe there is another idea. I could do what God wants. I could do something else that makes me and everybody around me feel better. That is God’s Spirit in us helping us do the better things. We don’t have to give in to those “fleshy” parts of us, because we are also Spirit, God’s Spirit dwelling in us. --Jim Bricker
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