“You cannot fool God, so don’t make a fool of yourself! You will harvest what you plant.” Galatians 6:7 CEV
I’ve been thinking about how many resources are available to help us with any problem we face. Lets not even mention the #1 book, the Bible-available in every color, translation, cd, dvd, audio, kindle and app on your phone. There are books on improving relationships, communication, emotions, grief support books, devotionals, prayer, intercession, prayer and intercession, children, boundaries.
You get the picture, right? Why is it that most people want fast answers by seeking to get a counseling appointment with a pastor or professional, expecting them to give them a microwave answer or to quickly wave a wand and in one hour, fix all their problems as they do nothing. They don’t have time to read books, they’re too busy. They don’t have time to do homework or don’t think they need it, because after all, it’s the other persons problem. Their refusal to look in the mirror and entertain the idea that in all the mess they’re in, they may be the common denominator.
My friend, if you’re too busy to let the Word wash you, renew your mind and reveal truth to you, than you’re too busy. It’s time to unplug from the cell phones, computers and TV for an hour and pick up a book that will help you with some of the things the Holy Spirit has gently been trying to get you to deal with. You can read it along with the Word so that you have the discernment and wisdom on how to apply what you’re learning.
My commitment to read is to simply expose myself to things that will help me be a better person, wife, mother and friend. It’s not that I’m any less busy then you are, I just MAKE myself do it. I want to challenge myself to do hard things and not neglect my time with the Lord. I read a few pages at a time, at lunch, after dinner, at the park, on vacation. No excuses. You’re talking to a woman who until a few years ago wouldn’t touch anything but novels. Then the Lord began to deal with me about living in fictitious world and it’s influences on my expectations.
We’re never too old to add tools or weapons to our arsenal. Please don’t think any of this comes easy, it doesn’t! But the Word says to be diligent, to study, to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves and that doesn’t happen by plugging into a usb port and having it downloaded, we have to actually read!
So I will pass on the challenge. READ! Let God show you how to start and make adjustments that work for you, but do it! Then implement little changes until those adjustments correct your course and you arrive safely at your destination.