One of my favorite theologians, who was a martyr for plotting to kill Hilter, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, had this deep spiritual life with God. Last year I read his biography by Eric Metaxes and learned about his devotional lifestyle that he taught his seminary students.
I often find myself getting bored or distracted when I sit down to read my bible, usually my mind reminds me of everything I gotta do or the movie of my life starts to play in my head. Here are some good habits to study like a Bonhoeffer student..
No speaking 45 minutes before meeting at the breakfast table
Open breakfast with a psalms or hymn
Read a chapter Old Testament, New Testament per day
Prayer on what the student was dealing with with, and whatever they needed to ask of God.
Meditate on a verse for a week and 30 minutes each day. To move forward, until you know what is meant for you.
Concentrate completely on what God is saying to you. No looking at other reference books but deal with the verse as though it was Gods word to them.
We all struggle to focus and we can learn how people who didn’t have iPhones or Internet mastered the skill.
One thing I must share to you if you aren’t familiar with Bonhoeffer story, that living as a German Christian during WWII, Bonhoeffer needed to live a life hearing from God during this very confusing and dark time. He was able to live a life of courage and truth because of his deep connection with God. He was martyred for being devoted to God and standing up for those who didn’t have a voice.
As a creative, it’s my job to communicate to the world what’s in my heart and having a healthy spiritual life will help me know what to say and how to say it.