Imagine for a moment being on end-of-life care or severely immobilized. You're stuck in a wheelchair or confined to a hospital bed. You have no driver's license. You don't have the physical capability to get around town at all. You feel like a caged bird. A world that used to brim with possibility is now beyond reach. You can't sally forth on a new adventure unless someone is willing to take you along. You feel stuck. Alone. Helpless.
My best friend has been a cop for nearly seven years. Working in such a gritty profession has wrought violent changes to his perspective. He has arrested drug dealers, wrestled heroin addicts to the ground, apprehended drunk drivers, pursued high speed vehicles, rescued the dying, encountered bloody and decaying bodies, managed violent crash scenes, and stopped domestic violence. These are the things that turn saints into cynics...
I was having one of those days yesterday where I was moving about smartly and all was well for the moment when... crash! I hit another catastrophe. Another obstacle! Another spot where I was forced to mark time. Have you ever had one of those days?
Maybe you don't even realize that you feel this way, maybe it's buried somewhere deep in your subconscious. God's Word has a way of forcing us to confront things we'd rather ignore.
This is an excellent post on the importance of dedicating time to study the Word.
“Some is better than none at all.”
I’m pretty sure my dad feels this way about pizza. After having a quintuple bypass five years ago, he dutifully made the change to a heart-healthy diet – and that meant sacrificing the anything-goes pizza he used to have for a few meager slices of the healthiest kind available. A sacrifice? Sure. But he doesn’t mind – he’s just glad he still gets to have pizza at all, even if it’s not quite the same.
I imagine that some Christians take the same attitude with Bible study. Strapped for time and desperate to feel close to God, they swap out time with the Word for a ten-minute devotional, a chapter of a Philip Yancey book, or the latest study guide written for their small group. Some time with God is better than none at all, they reason, and anyway, there are Bible verses
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I've got a question for you and it's one that is rather old: Are our children supposed to be "missionaries" in their schools?
Raise your hand if you've experienced any of the following: - Walked in on your two year old holding a mascara brush in her hand with black smears all around her eyes. - Discovered permanent marker scribbled on the carpet and wood flooring....
Is your heart a place where the Lord would like to dwell or are you crowding Him out?