There it is, just sitting on my desk, doing nothing. As you see it, I see it, unrealized potential. So many options available and it just sits there, doing nothing. This rubber band could be sealing a poster closed, flinging objects, teasing/threatening one’s sister, or flying through the air looking for someone to paste. The rubber band has many uses, but when they are unused they get twisted, curl up on themselves, and over time the rubber breaks down, cracking and splitting before it eventually breaks when you try and use it. Who has not had a crusty old rubber band break on their hand. It does not feel good!
I just described the life span of the majority of rubber bands…and unfortunately, many Christians. Like rubber bands with all the potential in the world, many Christians choose to spend their days doing nearly anything and everything, but reading the Bible, praying, fasting, keeping a journal of their faith etc. etc. etc. In other words, practicing the many Christian disciplines available to increase their faith and personal testimony.
As Christians, when we choose latency over all that is available within our faith to glorify God and improve our own Christian walk, it is a shame of underdevelopment in our faith. Unrealized love is what we are losing and missing out on. We do not even know the depths of knowledge we will never reach or the peaks of joy we will never climb, simply because we make choices to put other things first, while missing out on all that is available.
Here are two examples:
- Imagine if we lived as Joshua was commissioned, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8) Here we see a model to follow, reading, learning, and meditating on Scripture day and night, resulting in success and prosperity.
- Or as we read in Psalm 119: 97-104, “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than all my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.” Here again we see how knowing and learning and meditating on the Bible keeps us from evil and increases our wisdom to name a few. Cannot get much better than that.
There are a handful of books and plenty of online resources for Spiritual Disciplines. Donald Whitney wrote, Spiritual Disciplines For the Christian Life and it is very enjoyable and a book I have read and put into use. Type spiritual disciplines into the internet machine and see what comes up. Do yourself a favor, do not grab a handful of them and think you are going to make sudden and dynamic changes overnight that are going to stick. It is not going to happen and you will be overwhelmed and drop the new plans before they stick.
From experience I will tell you how I managed a very busy and hectic schedule, but also managed to incorporate more of the Spiritual Disciplines into my faith. This will also work in your life. I picked one and began doing it. I did that one for a couple of weeks faithfully, until it became a normal part of my schedule. Then I added another. I did the same thing. Before you knew it, I was praying nearly two hours/day, journaling, fasting, reading the Bible faithfully, and meditating in silence with very little effort. All of this and more is available to you, when you decide to take your potential and turn into actualized faith.