If you are like me, you spend a lot of time on your phone. I want to take a moment to be honest with all of you; I checked my screen-time for last week, and I spent an average of 5 hours and 54 minutes per day on my phone. I’m not even sure how it’s possible to spend that much time on a device, but it was a major wake up call for me. In my defense, some of that time was reading on the Bible app and using my GPS. However, much of it was on Social Media. Before you judge me, feel free to go into your settings to check yours (It’s probably worse). I’m not here to tell you that being on your phone is wrong, but for me, I have always struggled to come up with a routine that allows me to find the time to do everything I need to do for the day. Spending all that time on our devices is not a bad thing if we make sure we are taking the time out to do the essential things for our Christian walk. Today, I want to help you incorporate some things I've found extremely useful in 2019. Once I made these changes, I can't picture ever going back:
Wake up earlier
Waking up early has always been something I hated to do. I prayed about it and realized that if I wanted to have personal study time, accomplish personal spiritual goals, have some quiet time in the house to pray, read, or watch some sermons online, I needed to be up before anyone. It seems impossible at first, but when you realize all you can accomplish before most people start their day, it’s a great feeling of accomplishment. With our work ethic, Proverbs 6:6-11 tells us to look at the ant:
“Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.”
Are we working like ants, or are we sluggards?
Use an audio Bible
Almost everyone I speak to tells me that they have a hard time finding time to read the Bible. I would approach this next step with necessary prayer and ask God to open your understandings while hearing his word. The Bible app has almost every Bible translation available to download on audio; it does not use any data to listen to it once it is downloaded. Play it on your headphones and hear God’s word in the background while your working. Stories and verses stick out to you at unusual times, and you will most definitely see God’s work in it. The effort is key.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Write in a journal
Attention all men: this section is not talking about writing a Dear Diary letter to yourself daily. I am not suggesting to journal the way you have been taught to in movies. You don’t have to hide it under your pillow. You can write prayers in it when you are having trouble praying: write some Bible verses down that spoke to you at a particular time in your life: write down prayer requests for your loved ones; praise God in it; take down sermon notes in it (I’m sure your Pastor would love that!); write your future goals down (where do you see God taking you years from now?) (What new call do you feel is evident in your life?). The goal here is not to write down every detail of everything going on- it’s merely to get into a routine of making God and godly things a priority in your life. Start small but challenge yourself. Please let me know if any of these things help you in your walk with God! I would love to hear how God is working! As always, I love you guys!
Yours in Christ,