Hello to you all! Today I want to share a new series I have planned for The Kindhearted called; Real talk. I have a lot of new series coming up, and this is one of them. I will basically be talking about different topics and issues that we may often encounter in our lives. The topics will vary from relationships, clothing, bullying, friendships, depression and so on and so forth. Tips, advice, smiles, and even laughter will be shared in this new series, so if you would like to join me take a seat, grab some tea, and let's chat.
"I don't have time to read the Bible." Have you ever said this? Maybe not to another person, but maybe you have thought about it to yourself? I know I have. Even though there are 24 hours a day, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds I still feel like I have no time.
It's funny how that works. Time seems to be going by so fast. Last time I checked I was so excited because I was turning 18 fast forward three years, and I'm 21 writing in a blog that I originally started to vent out some of my personal embarrassing thoughts. What I am trying to say is that we often find ourselves so busy, that we feel like there is no time left to do much.
I often have conversations with some of our youth from church, and we talk about how we feel like we have no time to do anything. There's school, homework, for some theres work. It's nearly impossible to fit everything we want to do in one day. At least that's how I feel.
I read this week that many have a Bible, but not everyone reads it. It's crazy that I am talking about this topic because to be honest this topic totally pertains to me. If you are just like me, you might desire to read your Bible more, but when you finally sit down to actually read it, you don't know where to start from. There are times when I open my Bible and sure enough, there is a beautiful verse that speaks to me. Then there are other times where I open my Bible, but I don't know exactly what I should be reading.
Common excuses that we put for ourselves as to why we do not read our Bibles are; It is irrelevant for me, I just want to have fun, there are too many rules, and I don't have time.
I assure you that if you are tempted to lust, if you get jealous, if you have told a lie, if you have cheated on a test, if you have felt anger, if you have felt pain or even heartbreak, the Bible has something that is relevant for your life.
I also assure you that no one is forcing anyone to be or act a certain way. Following Christ is a choice. Whoever chooses His path, keyword "chooses", chooses to follow His laws. Also when we choose Christ it is because we love Him, and when we love someone we don't have a problem sacrificing things for them.
Now about not having time, there are times where I sit down and think about how I would feel if God told me He didn't have time for me. We have all been through difficult situations in which we seek the guidance of the Lord. What if in those times, He told us He didn't have time? What if He said He was too busy to help or listen?
Yikes! That would most definitely break me to pieces.
We can change this bad habit of ours. I am sure we can put away our distractions, and make time for the Lord. It will not be easy, but let's just remember that He is always there for us, why can't we do the same? How would we feel if we had a friend that would expect us to be there for them, but when the time comes for us to ask for help he/ she isn't there? I would feel used. How would you feel?
Together we can get closer to God, and make time for His word. Don't wait until next year to start. We can start today. Here are three tips that I have put together to help us with our spiritual walk.
1. Ask the Lord to help you make reading His word a priority in your life.
"And the Holy Spirit helps us in our Weakness..."-Romans 8:26
It makes sense right? In order to change a habit we must first realize that we have a problem. Transparency, especially with the Lord, is necessary to grow. There have been many times where I deal with something that could be embarrassing to share with anyone, but I realize that when I do share it, it changes my situation completely. It feels good to be transparent, it feels like there is absolutely nothing to hide. How can we expect to change something if our pride doesn't allow us to accept the fact that there is something we must change.
If you are honest with God about how you feel with your time, and if you ask Him to help you, I assure you that He will reach out His hand. God loves a sincere heart. How do you feel when someone is sincere with you? It feels good right? Do that with God, and ask Him to help you. This is definitely the first step I would take.
2. Take it one step at a time
"The Lord directs the steps of the godly..." Psalm 37:23
It insane how the Lord already knows every detail of our lives from the moment we are born, but He uses the word "steps" because the journey to get closer to Him is by a series of small steps. I know we would all love to change from one day to another. If we could get fit from one day to another we would all be happy, but it doesn't work that way. Hey, I know I would love to get abs after 10 sit-ups, but it doesn't work that way.
We must take it one step at a time. Take it one day at a time. Don't think about how how hard it's going to be to keep reading His word for the rest of the week. Instead think about today. Think about what you plan to do to achieve your goal for today. Then when tomorrow comes, think about your goal for that day. In this way, you won't stress yourself out.
"So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring it's own worries, Today's trouble is enough for today." -Matthew 6:34
3. Turn off your distractions.
"....God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure." 1 Corinthians 10:13
What are your distractions? Mine include social media, movies, youtube, Netflix, and the list can go on. I usually choose to do my homework or study my Bible while I'm sitting in my living room with my Television on. Why do I do it? I have no idea! It doesn't help me, but I still do it. It's because of habit now, and I usually end up not doing anything in the end.
So if you are like me you must find a nice quiet place. I find that I work better when I am listening to music, so soft music will be playing, and I will leave my phone and computer in another room far, far away from me.
"But I need the internet to search up cool topics to read in my Bible!"
Stop! No we don't. We can do it the old fashion way. WHAT!! I know...what is life without wifi technology, food, and juice right?
Trust me we will be okay. We can start off small. 15 min, and then slowly increase the time to an hour. It will be a breeze once we get used to it.
So if the internet and technology is a distraction for you maybe we need to stay away from the Bible app and grab an old fashioned Bible and study. Of course not everyone's distraction is the same, so whatever your distraction may be, make sure it is no where near you, and pray before you begin reading. I often ask the Lord to take away every distraction, and He does. Why don't you give it a try!
In the end, just remember that this is a journey! We can do this. I believe in you, but also remember to have faith in yourself.
So you guys, this concludes our first Real Talk topic. It feels kind of strange because I would love to have an actual conversation about this instead of it feeling like I'm rambling a lot, but if you have any questions about this topic, or if you find something else that works for you, share it with me. Send me a message or comment below. That is the purpose of these talks. It is about addressing real topics.
We can do this! We can do anything we set our minds to. Let's take any step that we can to get closer to the Lord!
I love you all. Let me know what you think. Remember to keep smiling!