When I was in ninth grade, my headaches got bad enough that my parents decided I needed to see a doctor. Before my appointment, they made me change my diet, pretty drastically, in order to see if there was anything food related triggering the migraines. And a healthier diet can solve a multitude of problems regardless. So, before my appointment I stuck to that diet. My whole family had to change how we cooked at home. But I knew what I was supposed to eat and what I wasn’t. I knew I had to read every food label before I bought something new. And we had to shop differently at the stores. And this cleared up a good number of the headaches I’d been having. So, we did this continually for most of my time in high school. It was very successful in its goal. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a way to be as successful in the Christian life? Well…
Joshua 1:8 reads, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
When it comes to Christian living, reading the Bible should be one of our top priorities. But not just reading it. We have to be able to talk about it, to think about it consistently, and to actually obey what we’ve read. If we do these things every day, we will be successful in our Christian journey. We will still have #StruggleIsReal moments. But we can deal with everything thrown at us when we know and are in God’s presence and promises.
So I encourage us all during Lent to spend more time in the Word of God. I hope you all would take at least one portion of your day to read the Bible and think how you may apply it to something in your life. Maybe you’re reading about wisdom and decide to find ways to be around or listen to more people who can help you personally develop. Or you’re reading about love, so you find ways to love those who seem to be a little harder to love. Whatever the subject is, I pray we are all successful in it this season.
Sarah Allen has been serving on the Leadership Team at The Table for the past three years. She also oversees all Children's Ministry at The Table as a member on our staff.