Be a Regular: Instant in Season and Out
Ironically, I'm not a fan of the hot summer months in Southern California. The beaches are too crowded; the hiking trails are too packed; and the traffic and sunburns get worse every day. But in a few weeks, the tourists will leave, and the school children will return to class.
So who's left at the beach?
The regulars, that's who: the beach runner who skirts around the high tides in May and June and hops over sand castles in July; the hiker who steadily treks around families enjoying their first bird-watching or bee-stinging experience on the trail; the early morning walker whose headphones drown out traffic all year-round.
These are the steady folks who don't let over-crowding or changing seasons disrupt their daily routines. These regulars are always going about their daily exercise.
Growing up, I knew that when Saturday night approached, it was time to get ready for Sunday because I would see Dad and Grandpa find a chair and open the scriptures. Some nights, I would hop into the seat next to them with a quiet, "Whatcha reading?" and we would spend some time talking about the words of King Benjamin or Esther's faith, depending on what they were inspired to study.
Even if they didn't preach the next day, they were always ready and excited to explore the word of God. Grandpa would tell not only his children but other young people he mentored about the importance of being prepared, to "be instant in season and out of season."
It wasn't until recently that I found that scripture in 2 Timothy 4:2, "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine." Whether it be to preach or testify or sing, Grandpa encouraged preparedness and consistency not only on Sunday but in our daily service. Even when he was battling stage 4 cancer, Grandpa would read the scriptures on the patio every morning before he started his day. And now, I have the blessing of knowing where to find my Mom every morning: in her reclining chair, glasses on, scriptures open.
In my natural life, I wait to hike the beach trails in the off-season, away from the tourists and blazing sun. But I need to learn to be a regular, not just in my daily habits but also in my spiritual life too, so I can be ready to receive God's blessings in my life daily.
Of course, there are days I feel burdened and don't feel like getting out of bed, but God is always waiting, 365 days a year, to meet me, to talk with me, to show me what He has in store.
Even the armor of God emphasizes the importance of being a regular; our feet must be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15). Let's lace up our spiritual shoes daily. It's always a good time to go on a daily walk with the Lord.
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