Have you ever just wanted to punch someone in the face for going on and on about how wonderful their morning devotions were?
It happens to most of us at some point. We get up with the best of intentions only to experience DGS (devotion guilt syndrome). DGS causes us to skip, or feel inadequate about our devotional time. We have heard the what, where, when and how message a million times, yet so often we choose to begin our day unequipped to face it.
Ever been there? Why does the thought of doing devotions seem so daunting to us?
· Many simply don’t know how to go about it. After all, the thought of coming into the presence of God is an intimidating thing that you would not want to mess up.
· Others feel like they are not properly equipped. If you are not a pastor how can you begin to understand those sixteen letter theological words and Old English phrases.
· Some believe that devotions really do not make a difference (and they would be wrong).
· The big one is, “I JUST DON’T HAVE TIME”, (they also would be wrong).
Just to be transparent, all the illustrations above have been true in my life at one point or another. Two quick thoughts and we will move on:
· Work at being intentional. Set aside the time each morning (or evening). Set an alarm to get you up early or to remind you that it is time for some God time.
· Accept the fact that there will be days that you have, Duhhhh Devotions. There will be mornings that you are exhausted, distracted or you are just not feeling it. Befaithful to push through those days. Those Duhhhh Days will often transform themselves into the best devotions.
One common question is, “What we do for devotions?”
Many people are intimidated by devotions because they feel they need four songs, a three-point message and an offering to be effective.
While everyone has an opinion about how to do devotions, in the end all that matters is that they are meaningful to us!
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Let me share three quick devotion hacks for those with a crazy lifestyle.
1. A Devotional Book
There are hundreds of resources out there that can spark your morning devotions. Most of us over 30 have encountered books like “Our Daily Bread” and “Days of Praise” which are still available today.
A daily devotional book that is set up for each day of the year is a great tool. I would suggest a book written in contemporary English for morning devotions because it requires less concentration on unfamiliar words. Remember, some mornings you will have the Duhhhh’s.
I am currently using Paul David Tripp’s book “New Morning Mercies“. Each day can be read in about 10 minutes and then it connects you to a related Scripture. It is an excellent resource.
If you find yourself doing devotions on the fly (we know it happens) the YouVersion app is a valuable resource to have on your smart phone or tablet.
YouVersion provides many different Bible reading plans in many different versions of the Bible.
One added bonus is that many of the Bible versions can be listened to during drive time or at the gym. What’s wrong with strengthening body and soul at the same time?
3. Social Media
While social media can have its negative side, it can also be a tremendous resource for devotional blogs, podcasts and webpages.
Many of these sites can set a spark that will get you into your Bible or listen to while getting ready for work.
Some of these are “non-traditional”, but again the intent is not to develop devotions that are meaningful to others, but to develop something that works for and is meaningful for you.
Anything that will bring you closer to God on a daily basis is a great thing. The most important part of daily devotions is just doing it!
If this has been helpful to you, please share it with a friend. If you have a resource to add to the list above, please share it in the comments section of this page!