Maybe the monotonous devotions and prayer life I spoke of resonated with you. Yes, you’re reading your Bible everyday; praying too. But you’ve fallen into the same old pattern. Does it look something like this?
Head to your favorite chair. Pick up your devotional book; spend two minutes. Look up the verses at the bottom. Pray for each of your family members. Head to the shower.
Ok…maybe it’s not just like mine was, but similar? Consistency is good; boring is bad.
Break out! Try something new!
I fall into these patterns really easily; I’m a creature of schedules and systems. Here’s what I am doing right now to make time with my Love fresh and new.
Real love is my new topic to dig in and study. Each day I am taking one segment of 1 Corinthians 13. Today’s was “love keeps no record of wrong”. In my Bible, two of the words have numbers next to them, telling me I can look in the back of my Bible and see the meanings of the words in Greek.
“Record of” in Greek is logizomai meaning “to put together with one’s mind; to reckon anything to a person is to put something to his account, either in his favor or what he must be answerable for”.
“Wrong” in Greek is “to kakon” – “evil as in the cause or source of evil; harm or injury done to anyone”.
I took these in depth meanings and personalized them for me: love doesn’t keep score. Love doesn’t recount; never builds a case or rehashes the past. When love forgives, it leaves the healing of the wound to God; if doesn’t pick at it.
From here, I looked up additional verses that speak of love and forgiveness listed in the cross reference column down the middle of my Bible. I really got a fresh perspective on “love keeps no record of wrong.”
Do you need to break out of your reading routine too? Try getting a new Bible or a new devotional. Move to a new location; maybe a sun porch or patio for the summer months. Shake up your old pattern and begin to pursue Jesus today in a new way.
We’d love to hear how you keep your relationship with Jesus fresh? What new things are you trying in your time with Him this summer? Just click on comments below and share your idea.
P.S. I am so excited to help your teen girl break out of her reading routine! September 4th I’ll be releasing “Devotions for a Revolutionary Year; 365 Days of Jesus’ Radical Love for You”. Make sure you order her a copy!