Imagine that you are a basketball coach, and you are trying to help kids develop into basketball players. One kid shows up only half of the time to practice, he doesn’t seem like he really wants to be there, and he rarely puts into practice what you are teaching him to become a successful basketball player. On the other hand, there is another kid who is faithful to be at practice, he makes it a priority, he’s teachable, he is eager to learn, and seeks to apply what he learns. Do you invest the same time and energy in these 2 kids? Of course not. You can’t invest in someone who isn’t present and who isn’t teachable.
Now change that illustration from basketball to our spiritual life. Do you want your faith to grow? Do you want to know God better? Most professing Christians would answer “yes” to those questions. But which one of those basketball kids more closely represents your spiritual life? Are you faithful, available, and teachable? Jesus invested most of His time in twelve men who were willing to follow Him. They didn’t show up only when it was convenient or comfortable. We want to invest in you and help you take those next steps of growth while you’re at URI, but we can only do that effectively if you are present and really desire to grow in faith. Are you ready to be challenged to grow? I hope you’ll join us this semester and see how God wants to work in your life!