Time Test

How can a young person
stay on the path of purity?

By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees.
With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
(Psalm 119:9-16)

Does the above accurately describe your approach to the Bible?

Do you truly rejoice in God’s word? Do you meditate on it? Do you delight in it?

Or do you neglect it?

Here’s a little test we do here on GUWG every once in awhile to help us all answer those honestly . . .

TIME TEST

1. Approximately how much time do you spend each week on the following:

  • Watching dumb stuff on TV?  ____ hours
  • Mindlessly surfing the ‘Net? ____ hours
  • Reading non-Christian-y stuff? ____ hours
  • Listening to non-Christian-y music? ____ hours
  • Shopping for stuff you don’t really need? ____ hours
  • Doing other amusement-y stuff? ____ hours
  • TOTAL: _____ hours

2. How many hours do you spend each week in God’s word?

  • TOTAL:____ hours

If your first total is larger than the second, I humbly suggest that you ask God to help make his word more of a priority in your life.

I recently asked a group of Christians for creative suggestions on how to get deeper into God’s word. Here are some of their responses:

  • Teach a Sunday School class (there’s nothing like the prospect of third graders barraging you with questions like “Who Made God?” for motivation)
  • Listen to the Bible on CD in your car (my personal favorite: The Listener’s Bible, featuring the cool British vocal stylings of Max McLean)
  • Get into the habit of reading the Bible first thing in the morning and the last thing before you go to bed
  • Post your favorite verses on your bathroom mirror
  • Set a goal of memorizing a verse a day and ask someone to punch you in the arm if you don’t
  • Pray through Scripture on a regular basis (Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word is an excellent resource)
  • Fast from your TV, computer and iPod for a week
  • Listen to Christian music (it’s available now in just about every imaginable genre — pop, rock, country, alternative, disco — even screamo)

DON’T NEGLECT GOD’S WORD
REJOICE IN IT!

Time Test

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
Praise be to you, O Lord;
teach me your decrees.
With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
(Psalm 119:9-16)

Does the above accurately describe your approach to God’s word?

Do you rejoice in it? Do you meditate on it? Do you delight in it?

Or do you neglect it?

Here’s a little test to help you answer those questions . . .

TIME TEST

Approximately how much time do you spend each week on the following:

  • Watching dumb stuff on TV? ____ hours
  • Mindlessly surfing the ‘Net? ____ hours
  • Reading non-Christian-y stuff? ____ hours
  • Listening to non-Christian-y music? ____ hours
  • Shopping for stuff you don’t really need? ____ hours
  • Doing hobbies? ____ hours
  • Exercising? ____ hours
  • Doing other amusement-ish stuff? ____ hours

TOTAL: ____ hours

  • How many hours do you spend each week in God’s word? ____ hours

If your answer to the first question is bigger than your answer to the second, I humbly suggest that you ask God to help make his word more of a priority in your life.

Tomorrow, I’ll share the results of a GUWG survey of Christians on creative ways to get deeper into God’s word. In the meantime . . .

Turn off the TV. Unplug the computer. Open up your Bible and dive in.

DON’T NEGLECT GOD’S WORD
REJOICE, MEDITATE AND DELIGHT IN IT

How Do You Spell Love?

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Here is a verbatim transcript of the vast majority of my conversations at work these days . . .

Me (speeding down the hall, usually late for something): “Hi, how are you?”

Co-worker (sighing and looking deeply depressed): “Terrible. You?”

Me: “Great! Have a great day!”

Seems like every week I crank the speed up another notch or two and my interactions with people become more and more superficial.

Thankfully, I have the world’s greatest mother-in-law.  She has an uncanny knack for reaching out to me and whacking me over the head with godly wisdom exactly when I need it. Here’s a conversation she and I have quite frequently . . .

Her: How do you spell love?

Me: Is that a trick question?

Her: T-i-m-e.  Slow down and spend it wisely.

That usually stops me dead in my tracks, at least for a few seconds. When I think about how little time I spend with the people around me in a truly meaningful way, it makes my heart hurt.

Here’s a challenge for all of us this week. People are struggling all around us.  Slow down and take the t-i-m-e to truly connect with the people God has put in your life.  Listen to them, comfort them, love them.

TAKE TIME TO LOVE