We were recently able to see Chris Stefanick speak at a local church. It was amazing, funny, and inspiring. I loved that not only were my kids all inspired, but Eric and I were too!
Chris offered up five things that we should be doing in our lives. They were simple things, but things that will help you come closer to God and living the life that He means for us to live. The first, and most obvious, was prayer.
One of the suggestions that he made was for us to use a printed Bible or our smart phones to read the daily readings each day. I have to admit that I was so psyched and felt like I was doing this parenting thing right when my kids told me they wanted an app so that they could easily do the daily readings for Mass each morning.
This, however, is not a post where I tell you my parenting wins. This is the uncomfortable post where I share with you my own shortcomings.
You see, I knew that I had an app on my phone already that had the Missal so that I could do daily readings. I downloaded it a long time ago. I downloaded it while I was on fire for my new Catholic faith as a convert.
At that time, we used it more regularly. We took time to make sure that we were reading from our printed Bibles as well. Since that time, we haven’t been quite as regular with keeping up with our Bible reading as we should.
And so, the next morning after the talk when I went to find that little used app, I had to cringe. I knew exactly where I would find it in my iPhone.
You see, I like to keep my apps in folders on my phone, so that I don’t have pages and pages of apps to scroll through.
Okay, so this is the painful part to share. I knew that I would find that app in a folder I have titled “Rarely Used.”
Now, I know that it’s just an app. But this felt like it had a deeper meaning to me. I had put the only app that I have on my phone that contains the Bible into a folder called Rarely Used. How sad is that?
This doesn’t mean that I haven’t been reading from the Bible. I know that this one app was not my sole source for the Word of God. But still, it felt like it had a larger meaning.
How many situations am I dealing with each day when I’m doing only what I want? How many times am I sticking God and my faith away in a “rarely used folder” in my mind and in my heart?
When I slid the app out of the rarely used folder, and moved it onto the front page of my iPhone, I knew that this had to be more than simply moving an app or some kind of symbolic gesture. I needed to make a concerted effort to move God and His Word out of the rarely used folder in my mind and heart and make sure that I’m putting Him on my front page.
While I ask you to pray for me, and that I can find more ways to have action and prayerfulness in my faith life, I guess I need to ask you to think on this as well.
Are there times or situations when you sticking God and His Word into some rarely used folder in your mind and heart? If so, what can you do to change that?
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