I’ve been thinking lately about the amount of time we spend on various activities throughout the day and what our current routines look like. What’s working and what’s not. One of the things that’s not working right now for me is consistent time in the Word. As humbling as it is to put it out there, I suspect I’m not the only one who struggles (at least sometimes) with this.
Why am I struggling?
It can be all too easy to get up in the morning and pick up something else to read. Scroll through Facebook, check email, pick up the novel from the night before… Do you do this, too? I find my “quiet time” disappears before I’ve read what I really meant to read with my coffee, which was my Bible. Obviously I need to be more intentional about what I pick up first in the morning.
As I was reflecting on all this, and feeling guilty for my struggle lately, Romans 12:2 came to mind:
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
You may be a night owl and do your best thinking in the evening, but I find the best time for me to quiet my mind and reflect is in the morning. That’s the best time to renew my mind. But somehow scrolling Facebook (as much as I enjoy keeping up with my friends) is not renewing my mind. Neither is dealing with email, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest…
The only way to truly renew our minds is by spending time reading God’s Word. That time just doesn’t happen during our days. We are too often busy and distracted. To consistently renew our minds, we have to make it a priority. We have to choose to set aside that time, and to protect it from other distractions.The only way to truly renew our minds is by spending time reading God's Word. Click To Tweet
I’m choosing today to make time to read my Bible consistently a priority. Are you with me? Right now, it doesn’t matter if it’s five minutes or five hours. We just need to set aside time every day to renew our minds. We can do this!