I read a book review of a new biography of William Tecumseh Sherman, the Union general who played a major and strategic role in the American Civil War. He coined the phrase, “War is all hell.”
Sherman’s march to the sea cut a swath through Georgia. He used violence indiscriminately. He brought the hard hand of war against plantation owners who supported the South and untouched farms and plantation of Union supporters.
What caught my attention was that Sherman was ahead of his time as a general. He understood that attacking the enemy’s supplies is often the best way to undermine his morale and the will to fight. He had a much better understanding of the role of logistics and economics in supporting war.
In Sherman’s March to the sea, he read census date of the region enabling his army to live off the land of farms and plantations of southern supporters. His march involved little causalities and broke the will of the South to continue the war.
While we are not engaged in a physical battle as was Sherman, this question comes up: “How are my summer spiritual supply lines informing my faith? How is my faith being nurtured at this time? Have I cut off my summer spiritual supply lines?
Years ago, I had a conversation with a person who said, “During the summer, I didn’t do much to grow my faith. I skipped praying. I didn’t attend morning worship. My Bible was unopened. Concern for neighbors diminished. In the fall when I open the top drawer of my faith life – it was empty.”
The funny thing about shaping and growing our faith life is that it’s like developing any skill. If we don’t practice it, we lose it. Lack of spiritual practices can starve a personal faith life. I have found that true whether bass fishing, hiking to build body strength, wood cutting, writing and developing better eating habits. If you don’t practice it, it is gone.
There is nothing magical living the Christian life. The health and well-being of our lives depends upon regular spiritual practices of what feeds the body, soul and mind.
Be faithful in your practices and don’t let those spiritual supply lines be cut off.
“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.”
Hebrews 12: 12-13