Hey there! Wow, another week closer to summer. Who’s looking forward to it? Summer is nice, but I personally prefer fall. Whether you’re a summer person or not, I hope you have a good summer. Today’s post was a little last minute for me. I try not to procrastinate, but due to some hectic moving prep, it’s been a little challenging. Even so, I hope to keep up my weekly posts. Okay, let’s dig in!
White and Brown Rice
Okay, what does rice have to do with anything? It’s good question, and you’ll see very soon. I used to snack on rice almost every day. It was a mid afternoon food that I’d munch on after returning from the gym. I specifically ate white rice, which is what I was quite used to. I liked it and I kept with this until I discovered that brown rice was nutritionally superior. Now if you’re raising your eyebrows or yawning yet, hang on just a little longer. I’m going to get to the good parts soon.
A little while ago, I tried brown rice. I wasn’t particularly fond of it at the first taste. It had an odd texture, and it tasted weird. I didn’t switch to solely having it for a while and continued to eat white rice. However, I knew that brown rice was better for me, so I stopped eating white rice. It wasn’t awesome, and I only ate it because I knew it was better, not because it tasted good. However, slowly, I developed a liking for it. On the rare case that I ended up having some white rice, you know what I discovered? I found that I began to enjoy brown rice and that the white rice seemed bland and unattractive in comparison. It took some time, but what was better for me turned into something I wanted.
The White Rice
Spending time with God is important. It’s essential, yet often neglected in this age of distraction and 24/7 busyness. There is no excuse for not spending some time with Him. Being too busy isn’t valid. Trust me, I’ve had excuses for not spending time with Jesus and it took awhile for me to change.
Previously, I got by with a prayer before bed and some Bible reading sprinkled here and there. Just enough to not feel completely guilty, but not enough to produce fruitfulness. This is the white rice, you’re a Christian, that’s good, but it’s not best when you lack the relational part and the infusion of Scripture.
Prayer with God and time in the Bible it is vital to a vibrant relationship with Him and living a godly life. We can’t enjoy intimacy with our Savior through a five second prayer here and there. Neither can we hear God when we aren’t in His word. We can’t expect to be Christ-like and be close to Jesus when we don’t bother to be with Him.
The Brown Rice
A couple of months ago, I began praying and reading the Bible routinely. I didn’t want to and I knew that this wasn’t right. A Christian should desire to spend time with God, but I didn’t. Even though I wanted to do other things instead of pray and read the Bible, I started doing it every day. I didn’t exactly enjoy it, but I was sincere in that I wanted to develop a desire for it. I understood it was good for me and I did it even when it didn’t “taste” good. I prayed that God would help me to want to spend time with Him, that it would become a pleasure.
Very recently, I discovered that I felt lacking when I didn’t get into the Word and pray. As I am human, sometimes I neglected or forgot, but for the most part I spent time with God daily. It was an encouragement then, to see that what I couldn’t wait to check off the list, became something that I didn’t feel complete without. Spending time with God has given me more spiritual peace. When I neglected that special time with God, I could “taste” the “blandness” of time without Him.
We should feel lacking when we neglect to speak to Jesus, because He is the One who fulfills us.
We all need to spend time with Jesus. There is no way around this, and if we really want to grow closer to Him, we can’t keep giving Him a rain-check (James 4:48). We shouldn’t be so busy that we neglect the very one who gave it all for us. When we spend time with God despite the craziness of life, we reveal who our priority is. Jesus, who is our greatest example, went out to pray (Luke 5:16), and so should we.
We also need to be in the Word (Matthew 4:4). The Bible is how God speaks and how we hear Him. It is also vital to living godly lives. It gives us direction and instructs us. (Psalm 119:105, Romans 15:4).
This area is something that I need to keep working on, and maybe it’s something that you need work on too. If you’re already spending time with God and in the Word, then I encourage you to keep going. If not, I hope you consider making the change. In a world that is always moving, and full of distractions, it can be difficult to make that time. However, I urge you to make that commitment to making Jesus your priority. I can guarantee that time spent with Jesus will change you.
So, what do you think? Is time with Jesus your priority? Do you find yourself too “busy” to spend time with Him? Do you enjoy talking to God and being in the Word? Or, do you find yourself reluctant? Is this something you race to check off? If so, have you prayed about it? Maybe you already spend time with God and in the Word, so how has that impacted you? I’d love to hear what your thoughts are and what your experiences have been. As always, feel free to comment!