Pushing Yourself

This month is NaNoWriMo. This stands for National Novel Writing Month. If you chose to participate, the goal is to write 50,000 typing words in one month. To give you a hint as to how much that is, most of my blogs are 300 words. 50,000 is basically a small book.

For some people this is fairly easy. I actually wrote the entire first draft of my book Knight & Day last year during NaNoWriMo. For others, it’s hard because they want to quit and edit. The rules for NaNoWriMo is to just get the words down. You’re not allowed to edit until the end of the month. The purpose is so you create a first draft. It helps motivate a writer who doesn’t go further than the third chapter.

In order to accomplish most goals, you have to push yourself. This includes not only writing, but exercise, and our walk with God.

God wants us to spend time with him, but have you ever noticed when you sit down to read your Bible or pray, something catches your attention? That’s the devil trying to keep you from God. Deuteronomy 5:33 reads, You shall walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you … In order to walk in the way of the Lord, you must spend time with your Bible and with God.

It’s not easy being a Christian. You lose friends who don’t want anything to do with the Christian life. Most of us would rather pick and choose which laws we want to follow. It’s impossible to keep them all. Jesus was the only perfect person who ever lived. However, God wants us to do our best to keep His laws. In order to do that, we have to dig down deep within ourselves and keep in constant contact with God.

Set a goal as to how much of your Bible you will read each day. Don’t let anything take you away from it. Find a quiet place to Biblerest after the kids are in bed or before they get up. Maybe during your lunch hour, sit out in your car for ten minutes and read a verse or two. Even if you chose one verse at a time, it’s a start.

The amazing part will be that the more time you spend with the Bible, not allowing anything to interrupt you, the less disruptions you will actually have. The devil will realize he can’t keep you from reading so he moves on to someone else.

Keeping focused is hard when you have so much going on in your life, so take small steps at first. If you can do five minutes a day for a week, move it up to seven the next. Eventually, you’ll see more and more time spent with God.

I guarantee your life will show a great improvement because of it.

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