Meet My Hero
Make Your Life Mirror – Meet My Hero
An emotionally charged Psalm. An edge-of-your-seat Old Testament story. A challenging letter written from a seasoned Pastor. A glimpse into the footprints of Jesus through the Gospels.
Hope. Peace. Encouragement. Instruction. Guidance. Provision. Strength. Protection. Insight.
It’s all there…all in one place…the Bible. The Bible is everything we could ever need, available anytime we need it. In a pinch, I’ll pull it up on my phone, but my favorite way to read the Bible is still fingertips between the pages. Most days it travels between my kitchen counter and my downstairs study room. But in spite of all the Bible offers and promises as the living Word of God, some days it sits. Unopened.
I’m ashamed to admit that some evenings I walk past it as I put dinner on the table and wince. It stings. It feels like I ignored the dearest of friends because something, someone, some errand, some activity, something I won’t even remember in 24 hours was more important to me. Ouch. It hurts to type it, but it’s the truth. Perhaps you can relate? Ever resorted to the old, “let me just open my Bible and wherever my finger lands is God’s heart for me today” kind of Bible reading?
Yeah, me too.
We are just so, so overextended. Some of us have “littles” under feet 16 hours a day and struggle just to get a shower. Some of us work 16 hours a day and struggle to find time to see those littles. Some of us are taking care of aging parents, shuttling pre-teens to a myriad of activities, or battling health issues that drain our energy. I get it, I really do.
But an unopened Bible is a sign of an overextended life.
We can do better than this. Surely, there is a better way. I just started using Proverbs 31 First5 App, which sets an alarm and offers a quick but potent devotional each day. One stellar feature is it’s internal links to Scriptures throughout. I’m also usually waist-deep in a spiritually challenging book, but books don’t replace Scripture. In my recent trip to Kenya, I met a woman who I affectionately dubbed, “The Joyce Meyer of Africa.” Mama Azuka is a barely-5-feet, soft spoken Nigerian Bible teacher who packed more knowledge of the Word and dynamite in her tiny body than I’ve heard in a long time. Part of it might have something to do with the “10% tithe on her time” she’s given to God for decades. Yep, you read that right – 2 hours and 40 minutes a day she spends in prayer and study. The woman is my hero.
She didn’t start there. She started small…10 minutes a day..20 minutes a day…an hour a day… until she fell so in love with Jesus that the “someone, something, some errand, some activity, something I won’t even remember in 24 hours” wasn’t more important to her than Him. I want to be Mama Azuka when I grow up.
On top of it all, she oozed compassion for those of us struggling to find our 1%. Knowing we need a better way than the whole “eyes closed random finger pointing thing,” she imparted a massive dose of wisdom while I wrote furiously in order to catch every word. As a caring Bible teacher, she has developed a way of studying the Bible for us hopeful 1 %-ers. These 6 Questions will change the way you read your Bible. I thanked her profusely for her insight and promised to carry her story and her words back to the United States.
Mama Azuka, you’re my hero. Thank you for your example, your service, your insights and your lifeline to those of us wanting to “Make our lives Mirror” the Word.
If your unopened Bible is shining a spotlight on an overextended life, I encourage you to implement this study method and 6 Questions into your quiet time.
Pick 10 verses a day, up to 1 Chapter to read. Then, use the following 6 Questions to help amplify and apply the passage of Scripture:
- What is this passage saying about God? (Is there something God wants me to know about Him?)
- What is this passage saying about me? (Is there something God wants me to know about me?)
- Is there a sin I need to confess? (repent, ask forgiveness, renounce)
- Is there a command I need to obey?
- Is there a promise I can claim?
- Is there an example I need to follow?
You can use different color highlighters to identify the different areas in your Bible for extra depth. Then, ask the Holy Spirit to narrow your focus to one or two verses that you feel express His heart for you that day. Consider memorizing it; text it to yourself and read it throughout the day. Put the questions on a notecard or type them into your favorite smart device and turn any space into sacred ground.
That’s it! We can do this, right? Come on, 1%-ers, this week, we will just say no to that “someone, something monster” and dust off the best Friend, wisest Counselor and greatest Encourager we’ll ever meet. Open your Bible – the paper pages, the app, the Kindle…, and “Make Your Life Mirror” His Word.
Azuka, our overextended souls thank you.
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