2018-02-20 - Tethers
Richard and I recently watched a spacewalk by International Space Station (ISS) astronauts. These are highly intelligent and skilled men and women. But regardless their brilliance, they still cannot safely do their job without dependable tethers to anchor them to the station. In this situation, to fail to secure a tether would lead to an unimaginably horrible death. Of course, NASA has procedures and equipment that ensure this won’t happen - and in fact - in 208 spacewalks so far, the ISS has never lost a single astronaut. Those tethers are secure.
In our spiritual lives, we also need secure tethers, to prevent us from drifting apart from our Heavenly Father - albeit in a process slower than the 17,000 miles per hour that the space station travels! Ours would likely be very gradual.
What are some spiritual tethers that we all need to have in our lives:
PrayerIt is vital to have daily contact with God, or as someone has said, to “keep short accounts with God.”
Bible StudyWe should remain involved in a continuing study of God’s word, to keep it fresh in our minds, for our daily use and also in case of unexpected emergencies. I am reminded of something that I read recently that was said by Joni Eareckson Tada, a Christian artist, author and speaker - who happens to also be paralyzed. She has said that she depends heavily on Scripture memorization since she cannot pick up a Bible, like most of us can do.
Fellowship with Other BelieversThis is for our sake, as well as for the sake of our church family. Sometimes when we are struggling in our faith, what pulls us through is leaning on the faith of our fellow Christians, and in turn, we are to be there to support our church family members, as well.
As Hebrews 10:25 reminds us: (MSG) Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
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