Finding Time


I have had the privilege of having a few devotions I have written, published in a daily devotional magazine called The Upper Room.  If you are looking for a great way to start your day, I would highly recommend a daily devotional.  Reading these devotions along with my prayer time, help me to always start my day out right.  It is amazing how it often seems like the devotion for that day is speaking directly to me and the issues I might be facing.  I still use and love the paper copy of The Upper Room, but it is also available on-line.  For those of you that love the convenience of technology, you can also get devotions delivered right to your phone through a variety of apps.

Here is a devotion I wrote that was printed on January 1, 2009. 

Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17

“Oh, how I love your law!  It is my meditation all day long.” -Psalm 119:97 (NRSV)

One day while sitting in my dentist’s waiting room, I looked around for something to read to pass the time.  As I started to grab a magazine, I noticed a Bible sitting next to the stack.  I picked it up and opened to one of my favorite parts, the Book of James.  I immediately felt the stress and tensions of my day lift as I read.

It is a daily challenge to find time to read the Bible and pray.  Yet I spend much leisure time reading books or magazines that promise to help me find happiness and improve my life.  From this waiting-room experience, I realized that maybe it does not have to be so hard to find time to read the Bible.  If I spend less time on other reading material, I find plenty of time in the day for God’s word.  The Bible is filled with all the information I need for improving my life and finding not temporary but eternal happiness.  Living by its guidance will improve my earthly life and prepare me for eternal life in heaven.  My goal is to read the Bible and seek God with all of my heart and with as much passion as I pursue other things in my life.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to read your word, apply it in our daily life, and share its wisdom with others.  Amen.

Thought for the Day: What can I change so I can spend more time with God’s word?

Prayer Focus: Those Who Cannot Read