April 25, 2013

Firsthand Experience | Day 14

Open The Conversation

Scripture to meditate on: “The Lord is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18)

The following is an excerpt from Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by Ryan and Josh Shook.

The first step to finding the joy in your relationship with God is conversation. 

Jon is one of my (Ryan’s) longtime friends. He’s someone I call often, and I really enjoy our conversations about shared interests and passions. We often chat about sports, work, relationships, and just about everything else that goes on in our lives. A few years back, though, I got into an argument with Jon, and we stopped talking to each other for about a month. I can’t even remember what I was originally angry about, but I do remember letting our conversation die off.

Dead silence, not delight, followed. Weeks of it.

Life got busy, and other things took priority over connecting with one of my best friends. During that time it wasn’t fun to think about hanging out with Jon, much less apologizing. It wasn’t until weeks later that one of us picked up the phone and deliberately opened the lines of communication. As soon as we apologized and reconciled, we both started to again enjoy our friendship.

I tell you this story, not because I’m concerned about your having open communication with your friends (although that is important), but because I want you to have open communication with God. It’s the same dynamic. Your relationship with Him isn’t going anywhere if you’re not talking to Him. And if you’ve been stuck in a secondhand faith, the chances are good that your prayer times are few and forced.

Your relationship with God isn’t going anywhere if you’re not talking to Him.

Maybe you had an enjoyable relationship with God at one point but you’ve let the lines of communication shut down. Maybe you’ve let guilt or disappointment or busyness come between you. Whatever the situation may be, I challenge you to put down this book for five minutes and just talk with God. Talk about what’s come between you.

Talk about whatever you want, but be deliberate about reconnecting with Him.

By doing this, you’ve taken your first step away from the to-do lists and back toward enjoying your life with God.