Dear Younger Me,
One of the most important habits for you to develop as you go through life is consistency in spending time with God.
I heard someone say just this week that it is consistent everyday discipleship that paves the way for those moments when we are called to radical obedience, and I think this is true. Consistent time with God is what will keep you rooted in truth and help you grow.
Growth tends to happen gradually. We don’t always see a big difference right away, but if you develop these habits you will see the benefits. As Eugene Peterson describes it, the Christian life is “a long obedience in the same direction.”
Try to make time each day to read the Bible. Right now you know certain parts of it fairly well, but there are other parts you have never read. The reading plans you have used up until now tend to dot around reading a few chapters here and a few chapters there. Of course, any time spent reading the Bible is good, but it will really help you to understand more of the big picture and how it fits together. Find a reading plan that takes you through a whole book of the Bible setting it in context, or, even better, one that takes you through the whole Bible chronologically. (Look out for a book called Cover To Cover – I found that helpful.)
As well as this, make time to pray. Try to look for the little pockets of time in your day and be intentional in using them well. You will spend a lot of time on public transport over the next few years, and it will give you a great opportunity to read, pray, or listen to worship music.
Journalling is another thing that will help you. You’ll find that writing slows your mind and helps you focus. It will also be encouraging to look back and see what God has been teaching you and how he is answering your prayers.
Accept that there will be times when it is hard, but make a commitment to keep going. If you miss a day, don’t let guilt paralyse you. Just begin again the following day.
Jesus said, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot bear fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” (John 15:4 NLT)
Consistency is not often glamorous or exciting, but it is necessary, and it is the way to live a fruitful life for God.
This post is part of “Dear Younger Me…” – a series for Write 31 Days in October 2019. Each day I am basing my writing on the one-word prompt provided. Today the prompt is “consistent.” You can find an introduction to the series and an index of all the posts here, and you can find out more about the challenge and check out other people’s series here.