I Struggle With it Too
If you follow my blog, you know how much importance I place on personal devotions. But, even though I put so much emphasis on it, I still struggle with doing it consistently everyday. Yes, I struggle with it too. Just because I write about it, does not mean that I am good at it! I usually plan on having personal devotions first thing in the morning, but sometimes I sleep in, or the bed is just too warm to get up.
“It’s ok I will do it on my lunch break.”
But then work gets in the way. Or the guys want to go out to the Buffet for lunch. Or I simply…forget.
“I will do it when I get home.”
But there is a dinner to eat, family devotions to do, kids to play with, homework, cleaning, baths, to bed…
“I will do it when the kids are in bed.”
But there is a wife who wants to talk, a lawn to mow, a chair to fix, a hockey game to watch…
“I will do it before bed.”
But I am too tired, or my wife has other ideas …
“I will do it tomorrow morning…”
Some days I don’t even think about it, it completely slips my mind. How can I let that happen?
I am much better at having personal devotions now than when I was younger, I usually have devotions 5 days out of 7, but that is hardly enough. And funnily enough, the day I usually forget is Sunday. I wonder if in my subconscious mind I think something like this,
“I listened to 2 sermons at church and had family devotions 3 times at breakfast, lunch and dinner _ I can skip personal devotions today.”
May that thought never enter my mind!
Personal time spent in reading the scriptures and in prayer is invaluable for us as Christians. Just as in any relationship, time spent together deepens love and commitment, so too with personal devotions. As we study God’s word we get to know Him better and our love and commitment to our Lord grows. The Holy Spirit works through the Word working faith in our hearts and a desire to serve our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As a parent I should make doubly sure I am having personal devotions, not just for myself but for my wife and kids as well…I mean, how can I lead my family to the cross if I don’t know the way myself?
Here is a clip from my pastor’s sermon.