It’s a new year and once again I am faced with the plethora of things I should do to improve myself. I’ve made many resolutions in the past. I’ve kept none. The more I make now, the greater my fall when — in a week, or a month — they join the company of past endeavors.
Last year I decided to make myself no doomed promises, in a vain attempt to avoid the inevitable disappointment of failure. Initially, 2015 seemed to work out well, but just a few days into this year I realized my success was that I didn’t even try; one whole year wasted.
I’ve been a Christian over forty years. It sometimes amazes me that I’ve persevered this long without reading the Bible or praying (or any other Christian spiritual discipline) habitually. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read passages on occasion, but I’ve never developed the habit of studying God’s Holy Word, or even having a daily devotional. And I’ve prayed many times — usually earnestly, but I doubt I’ve ever prayed two days successively. It’s not something I’d recommend. My spiritual growth has stagnated, most notably in the past few years.
I know I should read my Bible every day. What I don’t know is how or where to start. The same with prayer. The churches I’ve attended never bothered to teach me. I’ve spent the past few years on the Internet seeking a solution, but the closest I’ve come is to buy books promising the answers. I’ve read many good ones on apologetics, theology, etc., but not much addressing my specific need. What’s most distressing is knowing that I cannot be the only one with this problem. Today’s church seems to be more focused on packing their pews than in making disciples.
Just a few days ago I happened upon a Christian website that had some spiritually intriguing articles. Having read a few and deciding it was worthy of bookmarking, I began to peruse their links to see whether they had more to offer. That was two days ago and I think my search is finally over. I want to spend a bit more time exploring that site before recommending it, but if this post intrigues you — and especially if you identify with my quest, I strongly encourage you to check here again in a week or so. I genuinely think many of you will be encouraged.