I’m going to make a couple of assumptions: You want to grow spiritually, but have difficulty finding time to feed your own soul. And when you do find time to feed your soul, the routine rarely varies. The result: You have a hard time finding time for a dull, redundant quiet time!
If that first paragraph resonates with you, I’d like to give you a creative idea for this month that might breathe a little life into your quest for personal growth. For the next four weeks, try a rotation of “Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.”
OLD: Rediscover some of the older writings, songs, preachers, etc. Go get a copy of Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost For His Highest. Download some classic hymns. Read a sermon from Charles Spurgeon. Some of the best tools for spiritual growth have been forgotten over time. But hey, if it was good enough for our parents and grandparents, it’s probably good enough for us, too!
NEW: It’s easy to find ourselves in ruts. Concerning quiet times, when I was younger my pastor would encourage us to “Have quiet time at the same time, in the same place, in the same way, every day” in order to build a habit. Good advice…but BORING! Mix it up a little. Read a book by an author you’ve never heard of. Listen to a genre of Christian music you normally wouldn’t.
BORROWED: Need some fresh ideas to help you grow on your own? Ask a friend what they’re doing. Borrow an idea from a senior citizen or a teenager. Discover the personal growth habits of men or women you admire and borrow an idea from them. Look at the life of Jesus (he seemed to have this figured out!) and see what you can borrow from his patterns.
BLUE: Okay, this one will take some creativity! Pick a color, and use it as a launching pad for some fresh time with the Father. The color blue, for instance. Go outside on a clear day and stare at the sky…what does that tell you about God, his creation, and his love for his children? Look at a blue crayon; what does that tell you about the creative nature of God and the way he wants to use us to “color” the world? Pick a color…and go for it!
It’s impossible for anything to be poured out of an empty vessel. But more often than I like to admit I find myself “empty” spiritually and hoping I still have plenty to offer others. Sure, I can fake it for a little while, but why would I want to? I’m committed to growing spiritually, and I hope you are, too, even if it takes something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue!
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