And just like that, we’re in the middle of January. If you’re like me, it feels like sometime around Thanksgiving you were thrown into a chute, like one of those enclosed slides they have at playgrounds. There were some twists and turns and the sound of Christmas carols. You bounced out the other end with some tinsel in your hair, a wad of receipts in your hand, disoriented, and 10 pounds heavier. Our eyes get so focused on all the busyness that comes with the Christmas season that the New Year comes out of nowhere and hits us. Before we know it we’re two weeks in and 2019 is beginning to lose that pleasant “New Year smell” (like “new car smell”, only cheaper). We are getting back into routine and establishing habits. You don’t need me to tell you, but time goes by quickly. That thought can cause us to ask ourselves, are we using our days well? Psalm 90:12 puts it this way: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
One way we can use our days well and present a heart of wisdom is to spend time in God’s Word. Are you joining us in Bible reading this year? Haven’t started yet? Can I tell you a secret? There is no bad time to start reading your Bible! Gotten behind already? Don’t get discouraged. Pick back up and keep at it. I have been so encouraged by the number of people that have let me know what they are reading in their Bible and what God is showing them. We want to encourage and celebrate with you as you read. What is God showing you? How is He transforming you through His Word? Let us know about it! Leave a comment on our website (https://northshelbybaptist.org/f260/), send us an email or message on Realm or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NorthShelbyBaptist), drop a note by the church office, or just tell us in person! Let us know if we have permission to share your note to encourage others. Your encouraging word or a Bible verse shared could be the encouragement another brother or sister in Christ needs to hear. Need someone to hold you accountable? Meet with a group and read through the Bible together. Our Christian walk is not meant to be done alone. Let’s read the Word together.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Keep reading! Jon