Do you have Good Bible Study Girl Relapse Syndrome (GBSGRS)? If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, you may be at serious risk for this maddening disease:
• Do you ever leave Bible study or church all pumped up on scripture only to find the messiness of life getting in the way of your grand, Godly plans?!
• Do you get sidetracked by the details of modern day life and find that all your good intentions just fly right out your window when you are, say, in a crowded, stressful, school parking lot?
• Did that lady with 26 items in front of you in the “15 items or less” line just stomp all over your good Bible study girl vibes?
• Did your adorable and beloved dog refuse to do his “business” on your morning walk, thus making you late for a meeting with an important client, causing you to curse the day you decided to rescue him? (Not that ANY of these things have ever happened to me…ahem.)
BTW – I’m really just kidding about GBSGRS! It’s not really a disorder – but I believe it DOES exist, don’t you?! So what does it really mean to be a good Bible study girl every day? What does “walking the talk” look like in those days between sessions when we aren’t surrounded by our sister friends singing praises with us? What do we do when we find ourselves unable to recall what we so desperately need in the moment of stress?
Well, we need to fill up on Him and His word when we can, so in those moments of frazzled real life, we have a reserve to move the knowledge of God from our heads right down into our hearts whenever we need it!
Studying and learning God’s word, coupled with honest prayer, are the ways to fill up your head with the important stuff! And it’s moving that knowledge from your head, to your heart, to your hand and feet that ultimately matters! It’s walking out each day and every situation, learning to rely more on Him and less on ourselves.
There will be days when we miss the mark. Author, Lysa TerKeurst, is fond of saying, “Let’s go for imperfect progress”! “Progress”, in and of itself, implies something ongoing and therefore is NOT perfect! Paul, in his letter to the Romans, gives us amazing encouragement in the FACT that we are not always going to get it right – and that there is an answer! Listen to this:
“It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
“I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?
“The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.” Romans 7:21-25, The Message.
As long as we are TRYING, and as long as we believe, we have His promise that He forgives us, graces us with His mercy each day (each MINUTE!), and orders our very steps – oh Lord, help me to walk those beautiful paths WITH YOU!
(Hope you enjoyed this snippet of encouragement, originally posted in it’s entire form right here on 1/29/13!)
Peace, love, and JOY!
Up Next Week: The Legend of Uncle Harold (an oldie but a goodie!)