What do these two pictures have in common? LOTS.
Last week I was reading this blog and immediately thought "that's what I need - the 30 Day Shred dvd". I will lose weight and get into shape if I have it. I honestly got on Amazon and went to Best Buy to check on prices. In the Best Buy parking lot I came to my senses. If I don't use the exercise videos I already own, why do I think this one would suddenly cause me to get up at 4 a.m. and exercise. Did I seriously believe that I could buy it and lose the same 10 lbs. I have been trying to lose for the last 2 years in just 30 days? Here's the deal. No exercise after 40 = no weight loss.
So it goes with the shelves of bibles, commentaries and other books I have. I love books, bibles and commentaries. Some women collect shoes - I collect books. I enjoy reading a good bible commentary. The bible offers endless opportunities for reading and learning. But just like my exercise videos, if I don't do something with my bible I won't grow spiritually. I can own 100 bibles in every translation, but if I don't read it, study it, and apply it to my life I won't see any change. No study of the Word = no growth.
I complain about not losing weight and being out of shape. Bottom line is that I need to commit to exercising and start with the dvds and running shoes I already own. I need to start using what I've got.
I want to grow closer to the Lord. I want to see radical transformation in my spiritual life. Bottom line is that I need to commit to getting up earlier to spend more time with the Lord. I already have the equipment I need and I need to use it.
Oh there is one big difference between the pictures. If I use the equipment in the first picture, I will lose something. If I don't use the equipment in the second picture, I will lose a whole lot more.