Charge It

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   There is a time for everything ,and a season for every activity under the heavens; 

                                                                                                                             Ecclesiastes 3:1

I have been in many countries in my lifetime (actually close to 90), and the one thing that is common to every country and every culture is the ubiquitous mobile phone.  It is everywhere. There are approximately seven billion mobile phones in the world, with some 15% of them being smart phones.  “Dumb” phones really are not all that dumb, and most have features like a small screen, a capacity to store information of at least 2 Gigabytes, texting capability, limited internet capability, and many are Bluetooth enabled.

The cellphone is the communication platform of the world.  Every cellphone owner in the world knows one thing:  if you don’t charge your phone, it stops working.  This isn’t rocket science.  Cellphone batteries have a certain capacity to work without charging.   So, every owner of a cellphone – all seven billion of them – know that they need to regularly charge their phone or it stops.  Many phones even have a little battery symbol to let you know how much battery life is remaining.  Most people are fanatical about making sure their phone works because it is their connection to the world, so they pay apt attention to making sure that it is fully charged each day.

The cellphone is similar to our spiritual life.   If it isn’t charged daily or on a consistent basis, our spiritual life begins to wane.  How do we charge our spiritual life?  Well, it may vary from person to person, but if people spend as much time charging their spiritual life as they do charging their cell phone, they would be a lot better off.  All too often, our cellphone wins our attention because people know they can’t do without it.  If you are serious about your spiritual life as you are about charging your cellphone, my guess is that you would pay more attention to charging it on a daily basis.  As Solomon writes in the above passage, there is a time for everything.

How you “charge it” varies from person to person, and there is no one path or routine that works for everyone.  My wife, for example, is very consistent in her daily bible study, and she journals every day, plus she does several devotionals that she has done for years.  I just got her a new devotional for Christmas this year from the lead Hillsong singer Darlene Zschech just to vary her routine for 2016.  My own routine involves reading a devotional from Tony Dungy called The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge, plus a couple of email devotionals, and then reading various portions of the bible, usually with a Bible app on my computer or cellphone. The point is that doing it regularly – just as regularly as you would charge your cellphone to keep it working – is the key to charging your spiritual life.  It takes discipline, but I can safely say that it is worth it.

So, my challenge to you this year is to start charging your spiritual life in the same manner as you charge your mobile phone.  Like the cellphone, it can’t work on no charge, and your spiritual life also suffers or goes dead without regular “charging”.     The next time you plug your cellphone in, let it be a reminder that it may be time to think about what you have done to charge your spiritual life as well.

Bill Mann

 

 

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