A Small Choice... That Wasn't So Small After All
It was during my very first year out of homechool-high school, back in 2009. I remember the moment vividly. I was woefully pondering my lack of spiritual growth in the past few years, and how I wished I could be spending more time reading. I desperately wanted to be learning more about the God I served, and how He wanted me to live. Why didn't I have the time? I was actually feeling quite sorry for myself, pitying the fact that I had to be so busy. Racking my brain, I tried to think of time that I might not realize I had- some spare moments I could use for reading.
Suddenly, conviction swept over me as I realized that I did have the time, I just wasn't utilizing it properly. With a blush, I thought about how much time I was spending every day listening to music. I quickly thought back through the weeks, adding up the hours I was spending on a regular basis- about 2 hours a day which made for a whopping 14 hours a week, or 60+ hours a month. Ouch. I've realized since then that it takes me about 30 minutes to read 25 pages, I could have read about 75 books in a year's time had I been using that time wisely.
It was easy for me to listen to music because I did that whenever I had busy work: while driving, doing housework, or getting ready for the day. What if... I thought to myself. What if I could take those hours and listen to sermons or audio books instead of music? I soon filled my iPod with sermons from Paul Washer and Scott Brown, and audiobooks from Jerry Bridges and Andrew Murray. Not to be cliché or anything, but my life has never been the same again.
Since then, I have incorporated more ideas into those hours- prayer, scripture memorization, and listening to the Bible- but that initial choice was what started the whole thing. Within only a few weeks my spiritual growth skyrocketed and my interests grew exponentially. It wasn't surprising really. How could I expect to grow when I wasn't feeding myself spiritually?
So I challenge you... What time can you redeem? The days are evil, and we cannot afford to waste time on things that will not help us become better soldiers for our Lord. In the tabs above, I have outlined what have been some of the most helpful resources for me: a comprehensive list of audio books, sermons, and teaching CDs, as well as a simple reading list of the most important books for young ladies to read. I hope you will pray about where you can redeem the time, and perhaps, today is the day you will look back on, as the day you made the small choice with not so small consequences.
Joe and Rachel Tenney
Joe and Rachel live in Hampton, VA where they enjoy life together. They enjoy traveling together, as well as reading and writing as a couple. Most of all, they enjoy learning what it means to live the gospel in everyday life, especially in the context of their sweet church family at Hampton Roads Fellowship.