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Finding Time to Listen: A Lesson in Time Management

14 Feb

Like the big red “X” on a treasure map which indicates that “You Are Here,” the search for genuine satisfaction in the workplace (and everywhere else) begins with God’s written Word.  When we listen carefully and follow the path laid out within its pages, we find the treasure we seek.

Unfortunately, for many Christians, this is where the difficulty truly begins. While we deeply desire the fulfillment which accompanies a relationship with God, finding time to develop that relationship is a struggle. Between school, drama team, basketball, grocery shopping, and our job(s), we barely have time to breathe… let alone actually sit down and read the Bible! It’s not that we lack interest or dedication, but rather that we lack time.

Learning to balance this particularly limited resource can be a challenge for even the most mature of believers. Fortunately, there is nothing in the Scripture that says we have to read lengthy passages in a single sitting or immerse ourselves in an in-depth study of the book of Revelation. God is looking for our attention, not brilliant acts of scholarly prowess. The result is that a commitment of few minutes a day is all that is necessary to form a habit that will benefit you for a lifetime.

If you aren’t sure where to start with this habit, here are a few ideas:

  • Connect with an online reading program like YouVersion or Through the Word to help you remember to read the Bible daily. Select the devotion or reading plan which best fits your busy schedule and join with a community of believers who are also working to develop a more intimate relationship with God.
  • Set aside a specific time to read. To get the most from a regular devotional habit, you need to be able to pray about and carefully consider the text. Choose a time for your study when you won’t be distracted or will, at least, be less distracted than the rest of the time. (Keep in mind that this may not be the same from summer to winter, week to week, or even day to day. You may require a different program for different seasons, but keep in mind that the more varied that program becomes, the more difficult it will be to remember.)
  • Set aside a specific place to read. Pick a location that will allow you to focus on what you’re reading and use it as your “reading refuge”.
  • If you really don’t have time to read (or a good place to read), consider an alternative like audio Bible disks or a daily podcast that can be listened to through headphones. (You’ll find a few of my favorite programs at the following links: Daily Audio Bible, Our Daily Bread, and Early Light.)

Next week, we’ll take a look at a few more ideas to help you establish a habit of listening to God through His Word. For now, feel free to share your own time management tips and tricks in the comment box below.

American Bible Society

6 Aug

The life-changing power of God’s Word is enormous.  Yet throughout the world today, many still do not have access to a copy of the Scriptures.  Even when the Bible has been translated into a given language, it is not always accessible to those who speak that language.  Government restrictions and impoverished conditions often limit the ability of men and women to purchase a copy of their own.

For over 200 years, the American Bible Society has been working to change this by providing copies of Scripture to those with the greatest need.  And you can play a part!  Visit Ways to Give for your opportunity to influence the life of a child with Food and a Bible, impact the life of a soldier, or provide hope to an orphan.  Check out their catalog for more ways to get involved by sending Bibles wherever they are needed!

But don’t stop there!  The American Bible Society also recognizes that just having a copy of the Scriptures isn’t enough – you have to read it in order for it to be effective.   And with a book this size, deciding where to start can be difficult.  That’s why they have provided a number of free, online Bible Resources to help those new to the Scriptures gain a better understanding of the concepts contained within them and their applicability to their lives.  Through their Journeys tool, you can create your own study program based upon your own schedule and struggles.  Or try out their Daily Bible Reading and read through the Scriptures as they are delivered daily to your inbox!  Looking for something specific in God’s Word?  Try Bible Search – you can even examine a passage in multiple translations!

There’s much more to see, so take the time to browse the site.  Then, make a commitment to make a difference by placing the Bible in the hands of others and taking the time to make use of it, yourself!

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