How will you invest spiritually in 2021?
A devotional thought by Elaine Fielding
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19–20)
I don’t know about you, but I don’t make ‘New Year Resolutions.’ Any mention of setting goals also sends me running for the hills, although I can appreciate their value in the workplace in managing and monitoring performance. It’s not that I’m fearful or afraid of failure, it’s just that goal setting is not something that I find easy. Hat’s off to those who do though!
Zig Ziglar a renowned leadership author and presenter wrote, ‘If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.’ So how does someone like me avoid stagnation and continue to grow in their relationship with God? Well, I make it a priority to spend time with God every day. As I no longer have the pressures and responsibilities of young children, I find that first thing in the morning works best for me. This is my ‘intentional’ time when I read my Bible, pray and listen. I find that this habit sets me up for the busyness and the challenges that can happen during any given day.
While God has given us his word to know him and prayer to commune with him, I have found that I also need to invest time and money in reading good Christian books. The beginning of a new year is a great time to check out some of the Christian book sellers and grab some bargains!
Unlike the stock market and our super funds in 2020 which can drop in an instant, you will not lose out by investing spiritually. Every moment spent reading scripture, praying, or serving in the church will ultimately reap joy and blessing.