Hi folks! I know I keep promising a recipe, and I promise it’s coming…I’ve just been quite busy this week. As a matter of fact, I should be doing homework right now. Sooooooo I’ll make it a short and snappy post 🙂
Here at school, we’ve started the “Live Dead” challenge this month. The idea is to learn how to “die to self” – take a look at John 12:24-25. This is accomplished by spending some intense time in the Word and in prayer. The focus is unreached people groups in a region of Africa, so in each day of the challenge, prayer focus is placed on one of these people groups.
Here’s what my journal looks like!
I officially began the journal today. (Isn’t it amazing how close the word “journal” is to “journey”? ….. ) Like I said, learning to “live dead” is accomplished by spending meaningful time in the Word and in prayer. One significant aspect of this challenge is to tithe our time by giving a tenth of it back to the Lord. Folks, this means almost 2 1/2 hours each day. That’s a lot of time.
They provide a basic frame work for how to go about spending this much time with the Lord – reading the Bible (and journaling) for an hour, memorizing scripture for 5 minutes, praying for 30 minutes, worshiping for 30 minutes, then listening/being still for 5-10 minutes. We use the Live Dead journal as a springboard for all of this. I’m still just blown away by how much time that is. Man! And the bigger thing…how on earth could I ever find that much time to spend on this…to spend with the Lord?
My first thought: “I’M A STUDENT! I have so much homework, so many commitments, so much to do!”
And then I thought: “This is impractical. Who has that much time to devote to reading the Bible and praying except for pastors?”
The journal topic dealt with tithing time, and then it prompted us to think about and respond to this concept of tithing time. I began to contemplate and write a little about how huge of a commitment it felt like. And then…conviction.
I thought about tithing money – I feel strongly about tithing the “first fruits”, not what’s left after taking care of other financial responsibilities. So how is time any different? Is it really any different to give God whatever time is left after I do my homework, write blog posts, browse pinterest and review Facebook? I don’t think it is.
We, as followers of the Lord, tithe money in faith. Ten percent of a paycheck feels like a lot sometimes, but God is faithful to provide when we’re faithful to give and have faith. The writer of today’s devotional in the journal writes, “If we tithe…10 percent of the time He has given us, He will take what remains of the day and bless it, making it more fruitful than we can believe possible.” Perhaps I ought to tithe time in faith also.
This is tough. I want to give time and believe, but the numbers…the time…it just doesn’t quite add up for me. But remember the man in Mark who says, “I do believe! Help me overcome by unbelief!” (9:24)? Yeah,
So what shall I do? I think I’ll work towards spending more and more time in the Word. And I’ll pray about it.
That’s the best thing.
Do stay tuned for a recipe…it’s coming soon! 🙂