Compensation

When I first came to preaching, I thought it would enhance my personal Bible study by increasing my knowledge of the books and of their origins. While my knowledge is growing, my personal Bible study is non-existent.

I am spending more time studying the Bible each week overall but it is for Faith & Worship and for writing worship material – and it is not daily.

I don’t know if it matters why I am studying the Bible but it feels to me like it does so I tell myself to make sure I am still spending the same amount of time at my daily devotions. 

‘Myself’ does not listen!

This has been bothering me for some time and I have been worrying whether I am a fraud to be training as a preacher despite not opening the Bible every day.

Thanks to a BBC programme about weight loss, I know why I am not studying every day. When people start exercising a few times a week, their activity levels increase overall but drop on the days they do not exercise.  This is called compensation.  Presumably this is why, despite doing substantially more Bible study overall, I am doing less each day.

How to fix it though? The programme recommended tracking activity levels using pedometers which is not particularly useful for me but I did wonder about keeping a diary. If anyone has any experience of doing this, please leave a comment letting me know what you did and whether it brought you closer to God.

Good afternoon and God bless x

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Exegesis v Meditation

Today, I finished two pieces of assessed work for Faith & Worship: an exegesis on a passage from Jeremiah and a meditation on the nature of God.

Though it was the exegesis I had been dreading, it was substantially easier to write than the meditation.  Why?

An exegesis is a piece of writing detailing the context of a passage, what it meant at the time of writing and what it could mean today.  There is very clear information about what should and should not be included and several examples are available for guidance.

A Christian meditation, on the other hand, is something that helps you think about your faith. And that’s it. That is the sum total of the information I have about how to write a meditation!  The meditation is a small part of the overall assignment but, obviously, I want to do a good job if only to learn a new skill that can be used in worship so, if any of you have any advice on writing meditations that you would be willing to share, it would be very gratefully received.

Good night and God bless,

Helles x