Spiritual Growth is About Choices {Or How to Become a Morning Person}

It’s about choices. It really is. As I sit here in my little corner, cup of espresso in hand, Bible on my knees (or some days laptop), I’m surrounded by the sound of farmers taking their tractors out to the fields. It’s time to work the vineyards, weed the garden beds, and get everything ready for the fall grape harvest. Followed then by the olive harvest. Special times of the year!

By the time farmers are heading out with their tractors, I’ve usually been up a while, spending time with the Lord.

Those who know me well, realize what a wonder that is! A true night owl, early rising does not come easily for me. But I made a pact with God. “Lord,” I said, “if you will awaken me, I’ll do my best to get up.” And you know, the Lord is faithful to answer. Bright and early each morning, I’m awake (even if not totally alert 😉 ) and ready to begin my day with him.

I’m no Bible scholar. Would that I were! But I love God’s Word, and feel an increasing need to soak it up.

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water, Psalm 63:1.

For too many years, I quickly read a chapter and said a quick prayer. Then moved on to the important stuff.

“What a way to think!” you say. But I did it subconsciously. And it horrified me when I realized I was! Because you see, my actions belied my words. I was really just going through the motions.

And then, I felt the Lord nudging me to post spiritual reflections here as an extra way to keep myself accountable. Sticking to a schedule helps me keep more on track, and delve deeper into the Bible.  Ever wonder how pastors manage to have something to share week after week? They make themselves study.

No one can give what they don’t have. We need to take in God’s Word. There is a dying world out there. Looking for words of hope and comfort. Looking for wisdom to face our troubled times.

If I’ve learned anything through this experience, it’s that in the end, it’s all about choices.

We can choose to pamper ourselves. Or we can make ourselves become serious about deepening our walk. No one else can do this for us. Just as no one else will pay the consequences or fully reap the benefits of the choices we make.

Life is really all about choices. Our spiritual growth, although we need the Holy Spirit’s help, is up to us. It’s choosing to invest in that. Choosing that over TV, internet, social media, reading, shopping, and even blogging…

What do you choose? And what things have you laid aside for your spiritual growth?

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