Several years ago I trained for a half marathon. I didn't wake up one day and think, there's no better way I'd love to spend the next four months of my life than training myself for 21.1 km of torture. But I did it. Mostly because my friend asked me. (For the record, we are still friends.)
I lost track of the number of early mornings where we exchanged words that went something like this: "If I didn't know you were waiting for me here this morning, there is NO WAY I would've gotten out of bed this morning."
I know with certainty, I wouldn't have gotten up all those mornings to train had it not been for my running partner. And I most certainly wouldn't have crossed the finish line at the time I did (or possibly ever) had she not been beside my the whole way. Some things are just better with people.
I want you to get the most out of this Bible study so I'm taking a few moments to point you in the right direction.
1) If you haven't already, and you're not currently part of a Bible study, SIGN UP TODAY!
There is no better way to start off the New Year than to be intentional about being in God's Word. It's the playbook for life. His great love letter to us from cover to cover. The way to truly experience LIFE.
2) Find a friend and encourage her to sign up with you.
You may be thinking... Stephanie, I signed up for an online Bible study because I can't be a part of a live group. Now you want me to gather people?! Yes, at least one. Whether you text, talk on the phone, or meet in person over a hot beverage of choice, there is something to be said for doing it together. I do believe you'll get the most out of it if you have someone to talk to about what God is doing in your life.
Accountability is our friend. When it's that week you're falling behind and tempted to quit because you angered the perfectionist inside of you, you will remember that your friend is going to text or call and say, how's it going? What are you learning? Initially you will groan about it, but later you will be thankful that your friend didn't let you fall off the wagon.
If you have a group of friends, even better! But aim for at least one.
3) Pick a weekly time when you'll watch the video.
Routines work. When we leave things to change or to the ever elusive, "when I have a spare moment," it just doesn't happen. The video sessions will be available each Monday morning. But pick a time that works for you. If you and a friend are participating together, decide if you'll watch the videos together or apart and when you'll discuss the discussion questions. The videos range from 8-12 minutes and include reflection/discussion questions. Find a chunk of time that works for you to watch, and stick to it.
Only 2 more weeks and Ephesians is launching into cyberspace! I might be a tad excited...