Today’s question, “What gets in the way of my spiritual growth?”

Family? Time constraints? Work? Hobbies?

We all have things that keep us from spending time with God.  This is every bit as much as a reminder to myself as it is an aid to everyone else. Maybe you can relate and join me in creating a greater focus on prioritizing spiritual growth in your life today.

I went to church Sunday.  Do I really need to read a devotional every day? “Be joyful always; pray continually;” 1 Thess. 5:16. Many great resources are available for daily devotions.

Church is too early/too late. Really? I can watch the royal wedding at 4 a.m., but can’t be at church at 9 a.m.? “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning.” Lamentations 3:23-24. Try a Saturday night service.

I’ll just spend a couple more minutes on Facebook.  “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,” Matthew 6:33. After time in the Word, social media may not seem as important.

I need to check emails from work.  Use a Bible app on your phone or computer before you start work. “You shall have no other Gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

Friends tease/criticize me for spending extra time with church events. “However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” 1 Peter 4:16. Be bold, ask them to join you for worship and fellowship.

I’m just too tired.  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Recite Martin Luther’s Evening Prayer and go to bed.

Let’s strive to not let these everyday issues “Get in the Way” of our spiritual growth and life as Christians. “Love the Lord your God with all your mind and with your strength. “Mark 12:30

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