The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. – Psalm 19:7-8
Long ago, when my husband and I decided to home-school our kids, we realized that we would have to become true do-it-yourselfers to save money and thrive as a basically one-income household.
Throughout that process, the biggest lesson we’ve learned is that the proper process is always key to success. We can’t just jump into a new project without first educating ourselves about it and planning accordingly – or we pay the price later in wasted time and materials, unnecessary stress, or injury.
That reminds of the time my husband trimmed my hair (if you’d like to read about that, click here)… it may have saved money, but it was not exactly a salon experience!
One free activity we’ve always enjoyed doing at home together is working out. With some basic equipment and the guidance of some excellent YouTubers , we have increased our fitness as a family, and the support and accountability we provide each other has strengthened our relationships in a unique way.
But as in many things, proper method matters while working out, especially to my middle-aged joints. I wish I had considered that when pushing myself to do as many pull-ups as possible in recent months.
I was so pleased to accomplish such a difficult exercise that I didn’t consider how I was achieving it. As I found out later, I was doing pull-ups with terrible form, at the expense of my shoulder joints.
Now, because of constant inflammation in my left shoulder, I’ll need to re-train my body to do that exercise the proper way. It may take months to heal, and I’ll certainly lose strength – but I could have avoided the problem altogether by listening to fitness experts, taking my time, and following the proper procedure.
One of my pastor’s most recent sermons, broadcast via YouTube, brought all this to mind when he explained the importance of studying our Bibles properly. Having a concordance and commentaries on hand are key to revealing facets of Scripture we may not have ever considered; but the most important step in Bible study is a prayer for transformation.
We can gain all sorts of knowledge about Scripture, but if we don’t allow it to penetrate our hearts and change us, then we have wasted our time!
I’ve certainly been guilty of that. I’ve approached my devotions following a sort of checklist, reading and studying according to a plan and taking in fresh knowledge, but forgetting the most important part of the process: to let that wonderful new knowledge wash over me and through me, and settle deep into my soul.
I hope you’ll consider that the next time you read your Bible. The purpose of Bible study is to make us more like Christ.
Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. – Romans 12:2b
What do you do yourself to save money? How do you approach Bible study so that it will effect a change in you? I welcome your comments.