I recently started working through a Women of Faith Bible study called A Life of Worship. As I was reading through my chapter today, this quote by Sheila Walsh shook me out of my pre-coffee stupor:
Sometimes we know we need refreshment but are too lazy in the routine of life–
or too preoccupied with what we think is “important” —
to stop for spiritual refreshment. Sometimes life may crowd in on us
enough that we are simply not aware of our need.
Do you know how many times I have heard people say to me, “I wish I had more time for Bible study!” I’m trying to start up a new women’s Bible study at our church, and there is a lot of interest, but not a lot of time. Finding a day or evening that doesn’t butt up against some other commitment is virtually impossible. There are women’s clubs and sororities, sporting events, family obligations. We rush around to this or that, pursuing all sorts of different things, making meaning in the busyness but neglecting the source that gives our lives true meaning and purpose.
In filling out various job applications, I always get stuck on the section that asks for a listing of “other activities, organizations, clubs”. I’ve never been a joiner. I was one of about three people in my freshman class at college who didn’t go through “Rush Week”. I saw no point in paying ten bucks to meet people I’d meet in classes anyway and get a t-shirt. I’m not saying that I think these things are wrong, or that I’m too good to join in various groups. It’s just that I think they need to be balanced with quality time in the Word, for that is where our foundation lies.
The cornerstone scripture of the Jewish faith is found in Deuteronomy chapter 6. It is called the Shema, and is one of the first pieces of scripture learned by Jewish children. This scripture is placed in mezzuzah’s found on the doorposts of Jewish homes, and I think it is applicable for us as Christians, as well.
Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.
As Christians, our lives must be enveloped in God’s Word. It is our hope, our strength and our peace. Blessings to you this Monday!!