Read Anyway

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

If we are honest, we do not always feel like doing what we need to do. If we neglect loading the dishwasher, no clean dishes will be available, resulting in crusty dishes the next day. Poor oral hygiene is a forerunner to tooth loss, so we had better make the effort to care for them. Wait too long to cut your grass and snakes and mice think they have found a new neighborhood. Skip too many baths and ungodly odors emanate from key places that will not stand for it!

Likewise, reading the Word is not always what we feel like doing, but we must discipline ourselves to do it. Think of what happens when we are lazy about it. The weeds of discontentment, fading loyalty to Christ, and the ugly side we all know we have tend to grow out of control. The mindset of the world, the flesh and the devil slither in and we may be slow to notice. The stench of gossip, rudeness, and self-righteousness flow from places that the washing of the water by the Word normally cleanses. We never intend it to happen; each day of neglect often has a promise to get right tomorrow attached to it. Before we know it, we are way farther away from godliness than we realize. That kind of distance happens by choice even if unintended.

Choose each day to renew your mind with the Word of God. Everyday will not be one where a truth leaps off the page, but it is still doing you a world of good, My Friend. The watching world, your family and friends, and your spiritual health depend on it.

Published by georgiapointer

Welcome to Encouragement Outpost! My name is Dr. Georgia Pointer, a Christian writer who loves encouraging people in their relationship with Christ. I am a survivor of childhood rape and molestation, bullying, and emotional abuse. Negative thought patterns plagued me for many years until I learned to allow Christ and His Word to encourage and transform those thoughts. This background provides me with a passion to offer the same encouragement to anyone, not just abuse survivors, with the light of biblical truth that shines against the darkness of negativity, lies of the enemy, and daily struggles in living for Christ. I am a seminary graduate with a Masters in Christian Education. I also recently received my doctorate in Christian Counseling with a specialty in Family and Substance Abuse counseling. I served on staff for six years as a counselor at Moriah House of the Memphis Union Mission. I love the Word of God! I love studying it, teaching it, and speaking in public about it any chance I get. This blog, which I post about once a week, is my venue to share insights I glean. So, I invite you to subscribe to receive my weekly posts in your email and to share these posts with anyone you think might be encouraged by them.

2 thoughts on “Read Anyway

    1. Sheila! So good to hear from you! My suggestion is to start by setting a timer for a reasonable amount of time and consider yourself successful if you do it that long. Then, if you want to do it longer all the better but no sweat if you don’t. The point is just to make time with God a priority. I will pray God will help you make strides in this area. We all have room to grow in this area. Love you too!

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