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  • Jeff Savage

Fire Drill!

Updated: Jan 10

Earlier this afternoon, I exited the FBCS offices on a mission: Lunch! As stepped outside, I heard the fire alarm sounding at Two Rivers/Dos Rios, the elementary school across the street. I looked up to see all students, teachers, and staff standing outside, well away from the building, in tight, polite lines. Then, as I reached my car, the "all clear" chime sounded, and all lines began moving back toward the building. Another well-executed fire drill complete! Perhaps especially important following a long winter break?


The what and why of fire drills -- preparing for a possible emergency by practicing life-saving responses before they are needed -- led me to reflecting on the what and why of spiritual practices of every kind. In one very real sense, practices such as prayer, dwelling in the Word, gathered worship, silence, solitude, table fellowship, etc. serve to prepare us for responding in life-sustaining ways to whatever comes our way.

How is it with your spiritual practice? Might there be a need to renew a life-sustaining practice that took a back seat during December? I invite you to join me in doing this: Living today in a manner that equips us for life-giving engagement in all circumstances.


"Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come."

- 1 Timothy 4:7-8