I want to preface my words before getting too far. I haven’t asked this person’s permission to write this article. I haven’t pointed out to anyone what I’m about to type. Most of all, I am not bragging about him.
I love, that every day when I walk by Hayden’s office at 9:15 I see him reading his Bible. Hayden is our youth and worship pastor. I saw this trait begin in January and it brings a smile to my face every day when I walk by his office.
Now, this doesn’t mean that our other staff don’t read their Bibles. It also doesn’t mean that somehow I’m pointing out this consistent attribute for some ulterior reason.
Reading scripture consistently each day is a practice. Just like going to the gym, reading God’s word is a difficult thing to do consistently. Why? Because life is busy, because there are 10,000 “because” that occur in our life.
I am not an athlete or physical specimen. But, the weeks where I am able to go work out at the gym more than 3 times I feel better, I am healthier, and I know I am gaining long term health for my life. I also say the excuses…the “because” statements…when I don’t go to the gym. It is easy to make an excuse and hard to spend the time doing the right thing.
It is exactly the same with reading the Bible. You may think you’ve read that before, you can’t understand all of it, you won’t see some magical change in your life. Friends: I can certainly state that consistently reading Scripture will bring about a transformation just like the gym can. Jesus echoes this in his teachings over numerous parts of the Bible:
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also
Invest where moth and rust do not destroy
There are also numerous parables that Jesus gives on this matter. As we head into August with all the craziness that the transition to school offers, the beginning of new routines, and UNL students descending upon our city, consider how changing your routine with Scripture could alter your life. If I may, share with me via e-mail or our Hope Church facebook page when you are committing to exercise with Jesus. You’re not bragging, but perhaps you are inspiring our family of believers to transform their lives as well!
If you keep a schedule of your day and week events, I would encourage you to mark the time in. The best intentions go by the wayside rather quickly, and I always notice at my time to read Scripture something just happens to come up. Be consistent, be intentional, and make a difference this month.