I bought a new Waterpik not long ago. It’s smaller than my last model, and a bit sleeker, so it has acquired a permanent spot next to my bathroom sink. (Hold on, there really is a point to this.) My dad and my dentist have extolled the benefits of water flossing for years, yet despite my best intentions and frequently renewed resolutions, I’ve been a forever failure at making that a daily habit. Until now.
- My little machine is always in view. (A constant reminder!)
- It’s ready for use without the added steps of fishing it out of a drawer and setting it up. (Easy access!)
- I’m noticing the benefits of its use. (Positive Reinforcement!)
And so it occurred to me the other day that I should look for more ways to make it easy to do what I want or ought to do. Take spiritual disciplines, for example. How can I facilitate them, using constant reminders, easy access and positive reinforcement to deepen and increase my devotional life? Here are my initial thoughts:
- Leave my Bible out, maybe even leave a couple of Bibles laying around in various rooms.
- Download an audio bible for drive times, laundry folding and long walks. (I love listening to Dean Jones, a.k.a “The Herbie Guy” read the New Living Translation via YouVersion, available here: https://www.youversion.com/ . )
- Keep great praise music handy on any and all electrical devices.
- Post a memory verse on my mirror, my steering wheel, and my laptop. Clip a prayer list to my calendar, or stash one next to my running shoes to grab on my way out the door.
- Keep a great sermon chosen, downloaded and ready to go.
Twice in the book of Deuteronomy (in chapter six and again in chapter eleven) the Lord instructs his people to keep his words in their minds and heart in this way:
“Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,”
While we may not choose to tie them to our hands or write them on our doorframes, we have all sorts of ways to make his Word accessible. Now that you’ve read my ideas, I hope you’ll share yours. How do you optimize your opportunities for spiritual growth?