If you’re like most people who work or have a family or both, time is a precious commodity, and for the most part, time is pretty scarce. In a world full of stress from worldly obligations and work schedules, day after day, we find we have more tasks to accomplish and less time to get things done. We have less time for activities and behaviors that feed our souls. We grasp at moments to incorporate meditating on God’s word and often come up empty-handed. Days without connecting with God turn to weeks and weeks turn to months. Before we know it our Bibles have collected dust and our minds have become bogged down with discouragement from striving through life on our own. Although this is not what we want, we find, it is the reality of our spiritual situation. Slowly, without even realizing it, we are starving ourselves spiritually over time.
So how can we correct spiritual starvation? How do we fix this problem? How do we incorporate time for God in our daily lives? Here are a few tips for getting out of spiritual starvation.
STEP 1. Forgive yourself for the situation and commit to make an effort to read and study God’s word.
STEP 2. Take a survey of how you currently spend time throughout your day.
STEP 3. Identify one or two periods of time during your day where you can replace your current activity with bible study.
STEP 4. Make a Bible study plan around this period of time or find an existing study plan to follow.
STEP 5. Incorporate realist short term and long term goals in your Bible study plan.
STEP 6. Write down your Bible study plan and post or hang up your plan where you will see everyday.
STEP 7. Track your progress daily.
Remember even 5 or 10 minutes of study daily can feed your soul, and progress toward success with anything is achieved consistently over time. With a plan and persistence, we too can be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11.