Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
This year we are going to take a different approach to discussing the challenges we face when we attempt to consistently practice Spiritual Disciplines. Most of you will no doubt have seen Dear Abby or Dear Pastor letters in newspapers. In these letters people ask for advice on a range of topics. We are going to have our own sharing forum. First we need a name for our forum. Since our objective in to grow in our love for God and others, we will come up with a nickname for Love Builders. How about Dear Libby? You will play the part of Libby and share your thoughts on the challenges people are having. Today we have a letter from Sam. Please share your thoughts and check the comments throughout the day to see what others are saying to Sam.
I don’t often assess how I am doing with Bible Study but when I do, I feel disappointed. I am disappointed because I realize that I don’t consistently study the Bible. I know that it is good that I read the Bible sometimes, but I also know that reading isn’t necessarily studying. If I am honest I can’t say that I study.
Sometimes I feel as if I am speaking out of two sides of my mouth. On one hand I say that the Bible is the word of God but on the other hand it is not important enough to be in my calendar. Sometimes, I am not even sure I know how to organize myself to study.
I need some practical advice because I don’t like the disappointed feeling.
What thoughts would you like to share with Sam?