Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Day 1: Bible Walk

Day 1: The Bible Walk

By Andrew Duit

Recently I have been struggling with getting in the word (the Bible). Being a college student my time management has been poor. I put school as a priority. Creating sleep as a close second following up with food and friends. I hadn't really made time for God. The few exceptions I would show up to small group. Although I would attend every Nav Nite (a college ministry, also known as the Navigators) in Rochester, MN. I would always try to attend church at Harvest Bible Chapel.  Someday's it was a struggle going. All of September I stayed home and didn't want to go to church. I was afraid of meeting a girl, which flopped into an awkward friendship (well all my friendships are awkward). After all of this I looked at what I was doing and realized I was running from my problems and didn't want to confront them. While this all was going on this little guy named Satan fed me lies, telling me that confessing to another person doesn't relieve you're guilt or shame, it magnifies it! I was in a low place, crawling under my covers hardly speaking to people. I would show up late to events I would ditch people even when I had been faithful to them prior. I was sunk. I was believing in a idol of objects and pleasure. Being caught up in a world of pure pleasure. Loving the gifts man made and not the gifts God gave us. I recently was pulled out of all of this (meaning someone called me out and that caused me to change for the better). I was putting on this face of man that everything is okay. My behavior didn't express, my actions were I was walking one way as my faith was in a different direction. After years of this I collapsed yet again. Only to be brought back to square one again where another man called me out and said to me "Change your actions! Your faith is only as strong as your actions! Man up!" The truth hit me like a sack of bricks. The truth hitting me in the face. This caused me to get in the word more, but a few days later I wasn't in the word anymore. I woke up early the next day and told myself that I am getting in the word today, yet again I didn't. Finally I came up with a plan to walk around the whole week with the bible in my hand and any free moment I have I will be reading the word. The first day on my campus I was worried of what people were going to think of me, but then I prayed for strength through the day and suddenly I felt relief from that burden. I began to read in (James 4). I then came across Jame 4:2 "There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?" that hit my heart just right in that moment. Its amazing what God does for us in moments like this. I still had the rest of the day. As I walked down the halls I was stopped by a few people and they were curious what class I was taking to have such a pretty book in my hand. I explained to them that this wasn't apart of a class, but it was my bible. They were shocked that I had a bible and was carrying it around in the open. They had never touched or read from a bible. I tried to get their contact information, but they didn't want to give it to me nor did they want to meet up and talk about it. I just now pray to meet them again on campus.

Its great that I am doing this for a whole week, I will let you know what else happens this week.