I have battled this topic for years. I just can’t get motivated to sit down and read. The Bible is just so, well, big! Where do I even begin? I should be an expert on the first few chapters of Genesis and Matthew, considering how many times I have started those books just to fade out after a few days. Lately it has been a very rare case that I am excited to read the Bible, and my gut reaction is to say “I don’t want to be poser and read if my heart isn’t in it,” so what should I do?
1. You are worth more than your bank account
For the majority of my 20’s I wandered from job to job spending time in other countries with internships or volunteer positions. As long as I had enough money for orange juice, cereal, and pasta I was happy. Then a few years ago I met a girl. Let me assure you she is in not a ‘high maintenance girl’ (whatever that means) nor did she demand I have a high paying job. In fact, we began dating when I was working part time as a delivery driver and part time as a security guard. Despite how caring and supportive she was, I could not shake the feeling I needed to be making more. In my own personal struggle to learn what it means to be a boyfriend and eventually a husband, my paycheck became a big issue...
Have you been there? Almost everyone around you is praising God because of some great blessing and you feel skipped over. All your friends are in blissful relationships while you keep getting rejected. You have been dealing with sickness for years and your friends were healed after a week. Your church is in the middle of a spiritual revival but you can’t bring yourself to clap during worship. Everyone else is living like Jesus rose from the dead but it sure seems like he didn’t, at least not to you...
I like to think of myself as culturally and socially aware, but just when I think I have left all my gender and societal bias at the door, I realize I forgot to empty one of my pockets.
This happened to me recently at a bible study. The passage was John 4:7-26, commonly known as ‘the woman at the well.’ I had heard it before and could pretty much imagine the way it would go…
Hi everyone, I live in the classy (yet increasingly expensive) city of San Diego with my wonderful wife. I work full time at a small biotech company and volunteer with an international Christian fellowship for students. My Christian faith guides my worldview and I try daily to live up to the standards Jesus sets for his followers.