All of a sudden one day you realize that you haven’t read your Bible in a long time. You try to remember when the last time you read it actually was.
A week ago?
The day you realize you’ve been delinquent in reading your Bible you look at your mounting to-do list and start to feel a little panic.
“It’s not going to be today. I have way too much to do. I’ll read it as I go to bed tonight.”
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That was my day today. I have been trying to tweak my morning routine and make it fit the new school schedule and I realized that the one thing that I’ve been leaving out consistently has been my Scripture reading. Yes, I’ve tried to read it at night, but more often than not I wake up with my nose in my Bible having fallen asleep mid-verse.
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Over the past two days I’ve learned three things to help get back on track.
- Order Your Day.
Make a list of your priorities. By that I mean, what is most important to you? If you had complete control over all things, how would you prefer to use your mornings? What would you do? Would you meditate? Would you read? Would you workout? What would you get done in the morning to set your day up for success? What makes you feel refreshed and ready to face your day?
- Choose This Day.
You have to make a choice. You have to take ownership of your failings and desire to take the easy way out. You have to be a big girl and power through.
The book of Joshua starts out with God telling Joshua to be strong and courageous. Over and over again, this phrase is repeated. God was convincing Joshua that He was bigger and more powerful than the Israelite army and the gods of the other nations. Joshua, in turn took those words and conveyed them to the people of God, convincing them of the same thing. I’m pretty sure as they stood looking at the walls of Jericho, at least one person needed some convincing.
Joshua’s book recounts the battles along with the miracles, intrigue and deception that came with a few of them. After the battles came the divvying up of the inheritance. Each clan was welcomed “home” and given rest.
Joshua 21:44-45 says, “The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their forefathers. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the LORD handed all their enemies over to them. Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled (NIV).” What a statement! Not one of the LORD’s promises failed; every single one was fulfilled.
Every single one.
They saw it.
They witnessed it.
They experienced the goodness of God.
And now they had a choice.
At the beginning of the book, Joshua, perhaps, was fearful and a little overwhelmed. By the end of the book, he experiences the goodness of God and saw how trustworthy and faithful God was to His people. Because of that, Joshua declares at the end in Joshua 24:14-15, “Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD (NIV).”
And there it is.
Because of the good promises being fulfilled by the Lord, orchestrating the events of conquest Joshua boldly proclaims that his household will serve the Lord. He is strong and courageous, not in his own strength, but in the LORD’s. As such, he urges the Israelites to “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.”
You see, we always have a choice. We can always choose this day whom we will serve. Will we serve culture, our comfort or Christ? Will we set our families up as idols in our lives and pour into them catering to them to the rejection of the Word of the Lord?
Let me ask you:
- What are you communicating by your choices?
- Are you communicating that serving the LORD seems undesireable to you?
- Or are you communicating that you and your household will serve the LORD?
You have a choice. It is your responsibility alone. Choose wisely.
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- Reorient your Day.
I learned this from Claire Diaz Ortiz in an email I received from her. She is a master of productivity and an endless treasure trove of really practical tips and tricks to help your days run smoothly whether you’re in corporate America or a stay at home mom.
Claire said that she realized she was feeling behind one day and decided, at noon, to stop everything and perform the tasks of her morning routine to re-center herself. This included some reading and meditation. When I read that, a light bulb went off. It’s ok to reset. It’s ok to pause and re-center yourself.
Pause, start over.
Take a few minutes for a do-over.
SUGGESTION: Claire Diaz Ortiz has excellent resources on morning routines as well. Here are a few of her posts that are my favorites:
There’s nothing more important to being in the Word of God. Nothing. I’m being disobedient when I am not. I need a reminder that my priorities need to be refreshed. I need to make the right choice. I can reset. I can start over. What Jesus did on the cross proves that I can call on a God more powerful and capable than myself. He is in the business of new birth. I can start my day over. It’s my choice. I need to choose this day whom I will serve. If serving God is undesirable to me, it will show in my choices and actions. What am I conveying?Even if I don’t say it out loud if serving God is undesirable to me, it will show in my choices and actions. What am I conveying? Click To Tweet
How do you make reading the Word of God a priority?