For the past several years I have trained for the Cox Atlanta Bike MS Ride at Callaway Gardens in Georgia. This event supports the fight against MS. Each year I have a plan on how I want to accomplish my goal. I have a plan that requires a lot of time and my family is very supportive as I prepare.
Just as I have a plan for getting stronger as a cyclist – I must have a plan for spiritual growth. I can’t show up and ride 100 + miles and expect to complete it. Nor should I expect to grow as a Christian without a desire and plan to make that happen. One of my favorite people to read about in the Bible is Joshua. As a leader, his life has always intrigued me. I wish the Bible recorded more about him than what is there. He has become one of my heroes of the faith. He learned so much under Moses. (How would you like to have “Studied under Moses” on your resume. As he gleaned from Moses, he had a deep desire to know, love, and worship God.
Recently, in Sunday School we talked about Joshua and his leadership. In the Book of Joshua, we read about how Israel crossed the Jordan River without getting wet (except for those first Priests that put their feet into the water). It was at that moment they got their feet wet that God stopped the flow of water. After everyone had crossed the Jordan, God instructed them to take twelve stones from the river bed and build a monument so that all who would see the monument would remember what God had done for the people of Israel. (See Joshua, Chapters 3 and 4).
We discussed monuments we have built so that those around us would remember what God had done in our lives.
I spoke up about journaling. I began journaling back in 1991. That’s a lot of ink, paper, time, and tears. I began journaling as a part of my spiritual growth plan. For me, journaling, was an intentional step in order for me to grow deeper in my walk with Jesus. My time journaling has grown and transformed over the years. Currently, I write in 3 different journals with three different purposes for each. It has been very difficult to keep up with all three. I haven’t mastered this as of yet. It is probably the greatest reason why I don’t write as much here as I once did. At times, they each over-lap each other… a spiritual treasure map of how God is at work in my life.
Why three journals? I keep a journal as a record of my prayer life. It contains everything that is going on in my life and specifics that detail how God is speaking to me at the time. The second journal I am writing in contains my trek through the Bible. I am following a Read-Through-The Bible-Plan in a year (It’s really taking longer than a year because of the time I am taking to record my thoughts and response to the Scripture I am reading). The third journal is based off of Psalm 119. I am taking Psalm 119 verse by verse – reading and writing about each verse.
The Psalm 119 journal has been interesting for me. It is definitely transforming my thoughts on God’s Word and deepening my desire to grow stronger and more intimate with Jesus.
What’s your plan for spiritual growth? If you don’t have a plan, I highly encourage you to get into God’s Word and see what He has to say to you. Don’t think you have to start with something as difficult as what I am doing at this time. If you want to grow and get to know God and His Son, Jesus, I highly encourage you to develop a plan. There are many plans for reading the Bible at You Version.
While reading the Bible, several years ago, this came to mind: Seek. Find. Live. This has become my motto for life as a result. As I read, study, pray, and serve, everything falls under these three words.
The journey begins in the seeking… Life truly begins in the midst of finding… Obedience leads to living a life of fulfillment. For me it takes a plan and allowing Holy Spirit to guide it.