When you hit rock bottom, they say the only way to go is up. Then again, I was thinking, and I suppose you could actually mill around down there, and drift along the bottom. It’s up to you.
Personally, as a Christian, when I hit that bottom, I’m kicking off and heading back for the top.
You can only grow stronger… depending on how you live.
And, I am not talking about physically healthy and strong either, though I am definitely knowledgeable enough on that subject as well. I am talking about spiritual strength and health.
Are you feeding your spirit healthy things, or just junk food for the soul?
The question then must arise, what exactly is what?
Well, for the longest time, I thought I was good just listening to music. …. yeaaah, that lasted about two months. And crash went the idea.
Well.. I’ll take notes. My dad is a pastor. And that will be enough.
That didn’t cut it either.
You see.. relying on something, or someone, else, doesn’t help you grow in strength as a Christian. You have to get into the Word yourself. Why? Because faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. When you read the Bible, you are teaching your soul to listen to the voice of the Lord. And that’s how you grow.
Junk food for the soul, on the other hand, while it feels awesome, is usually not good for you at all…
I am as guilty as all of us at watching a movie and not reading my Bible. I’m getting better at it though. Reading my Bible is a daily habit. Habit. And that is important. It really matters, because that is how I try to start everyday, seeing what God wants to tell me for that moment, time, hour, and day.
Ahh.. but another thing. What about Christian Fiction?
I myself am a writer of Christian Fiction, however, I must say with great feeling that nothing, and I mean NOTHING, can replace the value of reading the Bible.
That novel might teach you something good. But where did those themes and lessons come from? The Bible. That’s what the author reads.
That song might have amazing lyrics, but the feeling behind those lyrics came from… The Bible.
So why settle for the semi-filling foods when you can dig into the stuff that’ll make you grow stronger and stronger in the faith?
I challenge you all to make it a daily habit, if you haven’t already done so, to read your Bible. If you already do that.. then read it in the morning, or at the very least, do not allow yourself to read any works of fiction, or watch tv, until you have.
Reach the place that you can only grow stronger.