“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalms 1:1-2)
My morning devotions took me to Psalm 1, where the Word reminds us that the blessed man (woman) is a man (woman) that delights in the Word.
I can’t help but think about all the people with a resolution to lose weight this year. The word DIET and Diet ads abound on TV and online. Not that a physical diet is not a good thing to concentrate on this year, but there is another diet that needs to have greater focus in our life, it is our spiritual diet. Have you thought about your spiritual diet? Most of us eat physical food at least 2-3 times a day. Do we feed on the Word 2-3 times a day?
Physical growth and health has to do with our physical diet. Our spiritual health and growth has to do with our spiritual diet. “There is no shortcut to spiritual growth. Like physical growth, it occurs on a daily basis, depending upon the food and proper surroundings. With the right kind of spiritual diet and climate, you can experience “happiness many times over.” And best of all, the daily grind of compromise and its erosive effects can be checked.”
Psalm 1:3 tells us what our life in this New Year could be like if we were to delight and spend time in the Word. “He is like a tree planted by steams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
That’s the kind of New Year I want, a year that is firmly rooted and stable, strong, yielding fruit, and that does not wither or fall during the difficulties, a year where I see my spiritual growth and ministry prosper. What about you? I trust you want the same kind of year.
I won’t give you advice on what physical diet is best for you, but I will tell you that the best way to grow spiritually is to feast on the Word regularly and consistently. I’m not asking you to set a resolution to read the Bible through in a year, or to memorize a verse daily, etc… They are all good things and feel free to do that, but my challenge to you is simpler – will you find a way to spend time in the Word daily? And, if you already do that – will you find a way to expand the time you spend in the Word daily?
May God’s Word bring you much happiness this year!
Lynne Jahns is a Christian counselor and holds the honor of being the first Director of Barbara’s Place at America’s Keswick, a residential addiction recovery ministry for women. Lynne is married to Bill Jahns, who also serves on staff at America’s Keswick as the Director of Housekeeping. When not working and studying, Lynne loves to be outdoors and to travel. Family is very important to both Lynne and Bill and a lot of free time is spent with relatives and close family friends. Lynne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences from Cedarville University in Ohio, a Master of Arts degree from The College of New Jersey in Community Counseling, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Louisiana Baptist University.