by: FCC Staff
There is a proverb in the discipline of computer science, “Garbage in, garbage out.” If a computing system’s programing, or the input from the user is faulty, the system will provide output that is faulty as well. When our PC’s or phones behave in ways that we do not want, we begin to look for faults. Maybe it’s a hacker, maybe it’s a virus, perhaps the designers of the operating system or the software we are using didn’t do a good job. Certainly these things CAN be the case, but most often, when the computers we use begin to do something we don’t want… the root cause is most often what WE have done to them. Either by doing something we really shouldn’t have, or failing to update or secure our systems, we can get ourselves in a real digital jam.
And the same logic applies to our spiritual lives. So often we arrive in a season of trial in our lives and we’re caught off guard. What do I do? Why is this happening? Is God angry with me? We turn to our trusted spiritual teachers and for counsel… get real serious about praying, and scouts honor, I’m gonna read my bible and get into a small group!
Yes, these are all good things to do when we are faced with trial. Too often however, we feel like we’re too busy to engage in any of these spiritual disciplines with regular consistency, and when the trail has passed we are off to live our own lives again.
Spiritually speaking, garbage in, garbage out.
“Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good.” Reading and meditating on scripture daily is a great perception for digital health. While listening to a good sermon or hearing your favorite hymn or spiritual song can be uplifting, your personal time in the word is what sustains and builds your spirit on a daily basis. It can form the base of a healthy spiritual life that is reflected in other areas of your walk with Christ
“blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” Connecting with God in prayer is another daily activity that leads to spiritual health. Yes, sometimes we are at a loss as to what to pray for or how to pray. That’s fair, the disciples who first followed Jesus had to ask him to teach them how to pray and what for. (Luke 11:1) A great way to have things to talk to God about is what your daily scripture mediation had to say.
It’s great to listen to a good teacher, or ask a wise friend about a passage of scripture, but we can go directly to the Author anytime we like and ask for a 1-1 session on how to learn and grown from what we have read today. There are very few books that offer this kind of access, and when it’s the almighty God of all creation, you’re assured he’s listening, he understands, and he will guide you towards wisdom if you trust in him. A true blessing of trusting in the Lord.
So today, let’s commit to putting in some healthy spiritual practices in our lives. You can click the link below and grab a copy of our 2020 bible reading plan. Today is a great day to form a new spiritual discipline and as our proverb tells us, blessing await those who trust in the Lord!
Prayer for Today:
Father thank you for always being available to me in your word and in prayer. Jesus, teach me how to pray, and how to seek out the your will in your word. By your Holy Spirit guide me today to find the time to reflect on your word and pray, seeking your wisdom and truth for my life. I love you Jesus and I trust in you. Amen.