Have you, like me, jumped on the 'water drinking' bandwagon?
"Eight glasses a day! My skin loves it, my hair loves it, and my body needs it! Drink up!"
If you're one of my fellow H2O guzzlers, you've noticed that when you slack off for a day or so, you begin to feel... dry.
Yuck. Not a good feeling.
It's a feeling that can be rationalized away, though ("I'll get back to it right after vacation, really..."), until you feel as normal as ever without the influx of water on a regular basis.
Why do we do that? We start a good habit, and get it going nicely, then a little distraction here, or an excuse there, and we all-too-easily just let it go.
Christians, are you with me so far? What good habit have you started and stopped, too many times to remember? Does 'a quiet time with the Lord every day' come to mind, possibly?
Daily devotions, a major Christian 'bugaboo.' I'm imagining some responses flitting through the minds of my dear readers...
"Daily devotions--meaning reading the Bible? Do we really have to do that? I don't understand so much of what I read when I try. It frustrates me and I just give up."
First, if you have trouble with comprehending what you're reading, try a different version or translation. You might see a big difference! Also, lots of believers use a devotional guide. This is fine, too, so long as the book you use is solidly Biblical.
"I'd prefer to just let the pastor expound on some scripture for me."
Letting a speaker or study leader open up a new truth for you from the Bible is super, but don't let that take the place of what God might have to say to you directly, specifically, and privately. If you've never experienced that, let me recommend it as highly as I can.
"I've been going to church all my life, and believe me, I've heard all the Bible stories in one form or another. There's nothing new."
Really? Please don't take this as a boast, but as a simple truth: I'm now reading the Bible through for the 20th time, and I'm still running across stories that I don't remember! My grandmother, who died at 93, read the Bible through over 40 times in her lifetime, accelerating toward the end so that she was reading it through two or three times each calendar year. She had the same experience of discovering things she didn't remember reading before (and her mind was clear as a bell, right to the end).
And new insights into old stories, new truths gleaned from the Psalms and the Proverbs and lessons from the lives of Bible characters? Endless, if you ask me.
Start anew, today, my friend. Open your heart and let the crystal clear Living Water of God fill you as you read His Word. You'll get to the point where you need it more than want it.
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