Lately I’ve been writing out the Bible. I’ve found that when I put down every word, feeling it coming through my hand, I can really meditate on what it is that the passage is saying, and what God is saying to me through it.
As I write it, reread it, and pray about it, taking one word at a time, it helps me slow down and challenge my own thoughts. There are times when I get spacey and start thinking about the worries of today or tomorrow, but God’s Word brings me back and keeps me grounded. Instead of dwelling on what might come, I can focus on what I’m doing at this moment.
His Word is soaking in. This season may have been crummy, but God’s words aren’t. So I’ll continue to ask myself how I can apply them to my life in every hour of my day. God wants me to feed myself with His Word so I can feed into others.
It was a very hectic season for me, for many different reasons, especially with baseball. Things happen that cause me to scratch my head, wondering why that had to be. But when I slow down and allow God to direct my thoughts, I discover a new perspective and a newfound peace. When I walk with Him, allowing Him to direct my steps, I am not afraid to take the next one. I know He’s there with me, always willing to hold my hand if necessary. Just as He walked with the disciples and equipped them for all He had them do, so has He equipped us. We just have to trust God for the task He has for us to do.
God has called me to love people and pursue relationships in a time that is extremely restrictive — almost trying to stop us from doing so. But God leads my path. Knowing this opens me up and allows me to be refreshed instead of defeated. Being able to love and care for the people around me —knowing that they’re being fed — feeds me. We have tasks to do, as we always do, but we must realize these are just that — tasks. Our jobs are not who we are or what our identity is wrapped up in. What we do is done for the purpose of bringing glory to God.
By creating space to have moments with God — tuning out the world and being quiet in prayer and reflection on His Word — He continues to reveal Himself to me. By allowing myself to pour out my own thoughts and prayers to God, having conversations with Him, I am able to take the worries, fears and anxieties of this world off of my plate and trust Him.
In 1 Timothy, Paul is encouraging Timothy to keep on: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). I’m still young in this world, and in the game I play. I’m always striving to get to these words. Sometimes I’m tempted to believe I can’t achieve it, or I’m not ready, but this is exactly what Paul is debunking for Timothy. We need to believe the truth and go apply it. No distractions.
“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” — 1 Timothy 4:15
Allow people to see your progress, which ultimately comes from God, and they’ll want to be part of it too.
— Luke Weaver, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher
Luke Weaver is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Luke’s Increase profile here.
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