I used to have a very rigid schedule for my quiet time. That ended when I realized I was going through the motions.
Before I recognized that, I stuck to my bedtime religiously so I could be alert when I woke early, and I made sure to pray and read my Bible every single day. And it was great. But it was a lot of pressure on myself. I began to think it was required.
One thing led to another, and my quiet time was only motions. I required myself to have a morning quiet time, forcing it every day. Which is great. Bible reading is a discipline. But reading my Bible became an ends rather than a means.
I checked a mental box for opening my Bible, rather than focusing on my relationship with Jesus.
And one day, I looked up and realized I was merely going through the motions, half-way ignoring God.
So I reacted. I stopped scheduling my quiet time. I thought that if I read my Bible and prayed spontaneously it would mean more to me. And I certainly wouldn’t be going through any motions!
And it was true. I wasn’t going through the motions any more. But I wasn’t having quiet time any more, either.[Related Post: How a Clean Room and Quiet Time Get Shoved to the Bottom of the List]
And it became obvious. Not only did my ‘old man’ start making herself known, I could feel the distance between God and I growing. I was slowly and surely drifting from him.
Reinstating Quiet Time
I wasn’t content with the growing distance, and the only thing I could think of was to reinstate quiet time, officially.
I’m in a better place now, with a habit nearly re-formed. And while there is value in keeping to a habit for the sake of having a good habit, I’ve tried to focus more on relationship building than habit building this time around. It’s a much more productive quiet time now![Related Post: Why Reading Vs. Studying the Bible Matters]
What about you? What positive things have you noticed when you keep a consistent quiet time?
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