Planting Crops #1

In the last post called “Tending the Garden,” we discussed the fact that you are the master gardener or your mind.  It is up to you to ‘plant’ the right crops in order to get the harvest that you want.  If you’ve not read it yet, please take a minute or two right now.

Today, let’s talk about the best way to plant the right crops.

Relationships are crucial in this world.  I’ve heard it said that it’s not the “stuff” in your life that makes you happy, it’s the quality of the relationships that you have.  How very true!  I’ve noticed that even if everything is going well at work or with my finances; if there’s something wrong at home or with one of the relationships with my kids or friends, nothing seems right.

But there is one relationship that is more important than any other you will ever have–your relationship with God.  None of the relationships you’ll make here on earth—though important, hold a candle to this eternal one.  All of the others are merely temporal.

In John 15:5, Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

How do you do this?

In my life, I’ve developed a small habit that I do each morning. 

On Easter Sunday, 1997, I made a decision to start reading the Bible daily.  I hadn’t planned on it; it was just an idea that I had that morning.

I grabbed one of my son’s sheets of white three-ring binder paper and folded it long ways.  I put the day’s date on the top line and started reading in Matthew 1.  (That’s the beginning of the New Testament.)  I think I read two chapters that day.  I recorded what I had read by the date.  It looked like this:

“March 30, 1997—Matthew 1:1-2:23″

The next day I did the same—and then the next.  Thirty days later, I had filled up that side of the sheet.  I was excited that I’d read the Bible thirty days in a row, so I turned the paper over and started on my second month.

120 days later, I hadn’t missed a day, so I grabbed another sheet of paper and began to fill it up.  By then, the habit was established.

If you want to have a relationship with someone, you spend time with him or her.  Sandy and I have a “date” each week because we know that this time together is a big investment in our relationship.  When I’m on the road, we talk several times a day on the phone to stay connected.

It’s the same with God.  If you want to have a relationship with Him, you need to spend time with Him.  Make it the first thing you do in the morning.  It’s the best way to start the day and “remain in Him.”

As it says in Psalm 5:3,

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

It doesn’t say in the afternoon or the evening, though those are good too.  It says, “In the morning . . .”

It only takes a few minutes.  To me, they are the best minutes of the day!  It has also been the most impactful habit I’ve ever developed.

So would this weekend be a great time for YOU to begin this habit?  It will change your life!

Just a thought . . .

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