I am a master chef when it comes to microwavable foods. Oatmeal. Corndogs. Leftover pizza. You name it! I’m basically the Bobby Flay of nuke-able nourishment ;). Yet, this was not always the case. I did not always press the “start” button with such confidence.
In fact, there were many failures on my path to greatness: Burned bags of popcorn, bowls of soup that “needed another minute,” mugs of hot chocolate that seared my taste buds for days. Somehow, I found the grit inside myself to keep on trying. Over time, I honed my skills and perfected my craft.
Nowadays I know just how much time to punch in to get that perfect bowl of oatmeal (without even looking at the directions). It’s not underdone and watery. It’s not overdone and gluey – it’s just right!
I found the sweet spot!
So many things in our lives function best when we find the sweet spot.
When you hit the sweet spot on a baseball bat, the ball travels the farthest. When you find the sweet spot with mattress firmness, you get the best sleep. When you find the sweet spot with your schedule, you’re the most productive. The list goes on and on.
We miss out on the best when we don’t operate in the sweet spot.
The same is true in our spiritual lives.
There are many aspects of our faith that are held in tension. If we veer too far to one side or the other, we wind up in trouble.
One particular matter that sometimes fails to find balance in church life is the expression of Spiritual gifts. We too often err on one extreme or the other. The fact is, there is so much blessing waiting for you in the sweet spot.
This weekend, we will dive headfirst into the conversation. If you’d like to get a head start, I encourage you to read 1 Corinthians 14. Pray with me that the Spirit speaks clearly and powerfully to us this weekend.
Hope to see you there!