20 Sep “How Do You Feed Your Soul?” by Justin Dowiot
Who are some of your favorite pastors or speakers to listen to? What podcasts are you subscribed to? What are some of the blogs that you read regularly? Which church’s or organization’s YouTube page do you visit regularly?
Basically, I’m asking the question, “How do you self-feed?”
We speak during our Sunday morning experiences and small groups regularly about the importance of daily time with God. And we almost always land at the point that we need to be praying and reading our Bible – an awesome start.
But, there’s only so much that we can teach ourselves, by ourselves… I know we routinely learn from the pastors at our church, our small group leaders, and the people God has surrounded us with. Still, we should always be looking to learn in new ways, to hear different voices, and fresh perspectives.
Proverbs 18:15 tells us “Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.” This verse points to much more than learning from our scheduled encounters with the Church. It encourages us to seek out growth, that we can be on the lookout for improvement, and how we should be ready to feed ourselves.
So, how do you do it? How do you self-feed? There are so many resources available to help us learn on our own (books, podcasts, video, blogs, etc.). Once you pick your favorite sources to learn from, the next step is to pick some of your favorite pastors, authors, or speakers. I’ve been able to absorb so much by drawing from people like Louie Giglio, Francis Chan, Judah Smith, Jennie Allen, Mark Batterson, and so many more! They have helped me take the next step in my spiritual journey multiple times and in different ways.
I urge you to find new people to help you discover a deeper understanding of God’s character. If you’re not sure where to start don’t hesitate to ask the person sitting next to you at church. Let’s start being a church that goes through life together, while at the same time, encouraging each other to be self-feeders!