Did you know that the most popular flavor of ice cream is Vanilla? It is and there is a lesson we can draw from this fact that can make all the difference in our relationship with God.
Greg Hawkins and Cally Parkinson, in their book Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal About Spiritual Growth, point out that if your local ice cream establishment could only sell one flavor it would most certainly be vanilla. Why? They say it isn’t just because it is the most popular. They say it is because “it is hugely popular; in fact, it’s twice as popular as the second favorite flavor, which is chocolate.”
Church leaders are always looking for ways to spur their members onto spiritual growth. And they are looking for that one thing that would have the most impact and make the most difference. They are looking for the vanilla ice cream of spiritual growth.
Do you know what they found is that vanilla of spiritual growth? Their research revealed, hands down, that reading and reflecting on how the Scriptures applied to their lives was the single most effective activity to growing in their walk with God.
They write, “Reflection on Scripture is the spiritual equivalent of vanilla ice cream because its’ influence on spiritual growth far exceeds the potential impact of other catalysts.”
It’s that simple, my friend. Reading and reflecting on God’s Word on a regular or daily basis makes all the difference. Are you doing that?
If not, let me encourage you to start today!
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 Greg Hawkins & Cally Parkinson, Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal About Spiritual Growth, p. 167.