Gymnastics: a lesson in spiritual development

I am sitting, waiting on my five-year old daughter in her gymnastics class. She loves and it brings her a lot of happiness. At times, the activity is beyond her skill. Sometimes, she is distracted.  There are also times when she forgets to do what she was taught.  Hold your horses, that sounds like belivers in spiritual development.


2 Peter 1:5-8

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We are to mature in the faith but it comes by excercising our faith. Just like my daughter gymnastics class, our development can be frustrating.

  • Lacking maturity: some tasks are to by for us. God does allow more to come on us than we can handle. Why?  To show us that when we are weak, He is strong. Much of our immaturity comes from a lack of faith in how awesome our God really is.
  • Distractions: Life has it easy when it  comes to throwing distractions in front of us. Finances, family, friends, job, health, entertainment, and bad theology can distract us from growing up in God.
  • Forgetting: I hate walking into a room and not remembering why I went in. That’s not the only forgetfulness I am talking about. There is this innocent forgetfulness in my daughter because she rushes.  She forgets to keep her legs straight or arms tucked in. She’s also new and still discipline her thinking and movements. You won’t remember what you don’t keep practicing. When you learn something new, apply it immediately and keep doing it over and over.