I always lost track of time browsing through the aisles of books from every genre. Hours would go by as I immersed myself in the imaginative world of authors.
This store was unique, as they had an entire section devoted to local writers who would occasionally stop by to sign books. It was one of the features I loved.
Not long after opening, a well-known bookstore opened a few blocks away. The independent bookstore closed not long after. It did not close because of high prices or a lack of books.
It was about convenience.
The larger store was closer to the main road. It was easier to pull into their parking lot than to drive a few blocks down the road where parking was scarce.
It’s easy to choose the path of least resistance in our busy worlds. Don’t get me wrong. I am all for convenience. Sometimes it’s easier to pick up the phone and order a pizza instead of making a meal from scratch.
Unfortunately, convenience can become a crutch. When we rely on it too much, it can work its way into our spiritual lives.
We have the world at our disposal through technology. It’s easy to search scriptures on the Internet, watch a favorite evangelist on television or receive inspirational messages in our email.
These methods are great and aid in our spiritual walk, but we can’t rely only on these methods. God wants to have a personal relationship with each one of us.
Adam and Eve walked with God in the garden and had a loving and personal relationship with Him. After sin entered into the world, that relationship was broken.
[biblegateway passage=”John 3:17″ display=”John 3:17″] (NIV)
For God did not send his Son into the word to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Jesus died so that we can have a relationship with God.
Fortunately, we have a loving God who put a plan into motion to restore what was taken away that day in the garden.
He sent his only son to die on the cross. Jesus not only wiped away our sins with his blood, he opened the passage for us to personally communicate with God once again.
[biblegateway passage=”1 John 1:3-4″ display=”1 John 1:3-4″] (NIV)
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.
Now we can approach God and receive peace and joy through a relationship with Him.
Let’s claim our relationship with Him today.
This week, I’m linking up with these great ladies:
Good Morning Monday | Monday Musings | Motivate and Rejuvenate Mondays | Sharing his Beauty Monday | Intentional Tuesday | RahRah Linkup | Tell his story | Testimony Tuesday | Wedded Wednesday | Woman to Woman Wednesday | Woman With Intention Wednesday | Faith Barista | Thought Provoking Thursday | Faith filled Friday | Fellowship Friday | Grace and Truth | The weekend brew | Susan B. Meade | Still Saturday