when I happen to stop regularly reading the bible and taking some good time to pray, I slowly but surely start to turn inward. I become much more self-centered, much less Christ-centered and get impatient, mean and even angry. I’ve known this for a good while, but still I go through all-too-regular periods like this. not that I should be cultivating my relationship with God just for the sake of being a nicer person, but it’s a pretty clear indicator (that I’ve learned to put aside too much).
so the other day Michelle pointed out (in a nice way) that I was getting that way again and it got me thinking and praying about it a little. so I once again repented of my selfish ways and resolved to get back in the Word.
it was a nice day out during lunch, so I took my lunch and my little red Gideon’s bible down to the walking bridge. I was reading through 1 Peter, which is what Cal has been preaching through at church. good stuff. there’s a steady trickle of people walking or running by, and I’ve quickly learned to tune them out while I’m reading. but one guy said as he walked by (without stopping): “I’m proud of you. Every day. You’ve got to every day” and he kept going. I didnt even have a chance to respond, so I just smiled.
a message from God perhaps?