Athlete, Break Out of the Rut


Athlete, Break Out of the Rut

Tom Petersburg

Psalm 1:2-3 (NASB)

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.

This week’s devotionals focus on stepping up in down times. Rather than just waiting out the pandemic, go on the offense with your spiritual life. 

Does one of these words describe your time in prayer or the Bible: duty, routine, impersonal, boring, discipline? Most of us have experienced each of these over the years. When we get stuck in duty or boring, it is time for some variety. 

Every good relationship, including with God, thrives on variety. Change your devotions: pray through a passage in the Psalms, meditate on Christian music, keep a journal of new biblical insights. Consider doing one of the following studies.

Launch a new Bible study in Proverbs. Read the chapter corresponding to the day of the month. Identify one thing in the chapter to focus on all day. 

Study through the Psalms, one a day. In each chapter, identify aspects of God’s character and reflect on how it affects you.  

Read a whole book of the Bible in one sitting. Half of the books in the Bible can be read in less than 30 minutes each. It will give you a better sense of the author’s intent.  

Some passages warrant a long, slow look. Work through a chapter one paragraph at a time, then one verse at a time. Many times you will read a paragraph 10, 15 or 20 times. The 20th time you will see the most. Identify key words, commands, promises and conditions.

While reading through the Gospels, list what Jesus asked of His followers. Ask God to convict you of the implications.

Athlete, you are wired to step up in the midst of difficult times.

Tom Petersburg  |


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