Okay ladies, this post is about tough love. Here it is: just do it. Just read your bible. Stop making excuses, stop telling yourself you don’t have time, just get it out and start reading it. Do it every day. Touch your bible, read your bible, soak up your bible every day. It will change you. It will warm your heart. It will make you strong.
We are all running around stressed about being good moms and good wives and good Catholics but in all the hustle and bustle, many of us are leaving out the important stuff! I love how Matthew Kelly says that the important stuff is never urgent. And he means that all our activities, even the good ones like cleaning and cooking for our family, can often get in the way of really LOVING our family.
It never feels urgent to sit down and read books to your children or to take a calm stroll with your husband. I know exactly how this feels. I’ll run around all day cleaning the house, cooking, taking the girls to playground, maybe even the park and after I tuck them into bed I’ll think, “Wow, I don’t think I spent even 15 minutes of eye to eye time.” Time where I’m sitting and staring into their sweet eyes and just being with them – loving them.
So I know it doesn’t feel urgent that you should read your bible but you absolutely have to make time to do it. It’s what Jesus wants you to do. By reading the bible, you’re giving him a short-cut to speaking with you; a special line to your mind and your heart.
MY BIBLE REFLECTION:
“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and sojourners to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against the soul. Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that if they speak of you as evildoers, they may observe your good works and glorify God on the day of visitation.” Peter 2:11-12
If you haven’t figured out that there is a war being waged for your soul, realize it now. An entire WAR is being waged for your soul. The devil wants to win them all and he will use lies and tricks and pleasurable things in this world to distract you away from God’s love. And God is always there waiting with His arms open to welcome you, to love you, to forgive you and to offer an eternity of peace to you.
We are going to be under attack for our faith. People are going to laugh at us, to judge us and they will try to convince us we’re wasting our time. But show them the light of Christ. Show them your good works and your kind heart and your ability to forgive what the world says is unforgivable.
Let them know us by the way we are different. Let our differences be so loud that they have to take notice of us. And when they ask you why… be ready to give your testimony. Tell them about your love for Christ. We all have a unique story to tell. Be ready to tell yours.