If you’re a regular at this site, you know that I write not only a blog, but also a daily devotional (see lower right of this page). I started that process years ago when I decided to send some of my mentees a daily record of what I had been reading. I sent a brief email that simply said:
PRAYER REQUESTS: _______________________
The email required about ten minutes to write after reading the Scripture, but those ten minutes have been instrumental to my faith. Here’s why:
- It allows me to meditate on what I’ve read. I have to spend time thinking about the text if I plan to write about it—even if I write only a paragraph or two.
- It forces me to summarize what I’ve read. Putting the Word’s insights into 2-3 paragraphs is a good spiritual discipline to maintain. In fact, it allows me to journal even though I’m not a journaler.
- It allows me to extend my ministry without the “wear and tear” of travel. I am writing this post from my recliner in our great room in Wake Forest. I trust, though, that God might use these ideas around the world.
- It gives me opportunity to speak into several generations. I know teenagers and senior adults who read my devotions. The two generations may not meet in the middle philosophically or methodologically, but I want to try to help make that happen.
- It encourages others to follow the same pattern so they will grow, too, without additional strenuous efforts. I have a friend who follows the same pattern, and then he sends his email to his adult children. He thus speaks into their lives at least weekly.
- It enables me to be more evangelistic. How does that happen? I have some non-believers who’ve chosen to receive my devotional email. I’m trusting God to grab a heart through it.
- It provides a resource I might eventually give to someone. If Pam and I had children, I’d want to hand them and their children the pages I write every year after reading the Word.
- It doesn’t take long. It actually gets much easier the more I write devotional posts. In about 10-15 minutes, I can write about the Lord’s work and share the gospel with somebody via sending an email.
I encourage you to try this approach. Read and meditate on the Word, and then send someone a report!