Time. The most frequent questions I get are “Where do you get your information” and “How do you have time to learn all this?”. Finding time to study scripture and learning to defend what you believe does take time. But it may not be as daunting as you think. Remember, any time you can spend in these pursuits is better than having done nothing. In this post, I’ll give you some of the ways I find time to study and learn. I’ll also list some of my go to places for learning to be a good Christian case maker.
The Hours Drag On As The Days Fly By
Since I have become a Christian, I have felt time slipping away from me. When I didn’t believe in God, I wasn’t too concerned about how I spent my time. It really didn’t matter much to me. Having fun was key, and anything resembling work was to be avoided at all costs. I now look back at many wasted years and regret not having used that time better. The lyrics to the song “Time” by the rock band Pink Floyd capture this sentiment pretty well I think.
Tired of lying in the sunshine, staying home to watch the rain, You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today. And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you, No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun
And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking. Racing around to come up behind you again. The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older. Shorter of breath, and one day closer to death.
Budget Your Time
So how do I find the time? Much of it is intentional. Time I would spend watching T.V get turned into reading time. Sure, I make time to go to conferences and audit some classes at Biola Universities’ Apologetics program. But the bulk of what I learn is from reading books and articles on the subject. You’d be surprised at how much you can learn from reading 1 article a day. Web sites such as Ours, Stand to Reason or Cold Case Christianity are great resources. Challenge yourself to read one article or blog post from these sites each day. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn in a relatively short period of time. I’ve even found time to read articles or blog posts while standing in line for a ride at Disneyland!
My other secret is using my commute time for learning and study. I have a 45-minute drive each way to work. That’s an hour and a half of free time I can take advantage of. There are many great podcasts out there. Our podcast is one such resource. Other Great Podcasts are Stand to Reason, Cold Case Christianity, Cross-examined, and Reasonable Faith.
Those Who Have Ears…
Having trouble making time for Bible study? Try purchasing or downloading an audio Bible to listen to while you drive or work out. There are many options. Some feature a single person reading the Scriptures. Others are full dramatizations with a huge cast and sound effects. Audible is a great source for both audio Bibles and audio books. Another good option for listening to the Bible is the Dwell app. It’s available on both the Apple and Android platforms.
When I drove trucks over the road, I would listen to audio books daily. As a result I was able to take in a number of books I simply wouldn’t have had time to sit down and read.
I hope some of these tips were helpful to you. Remember, each day we are “One step closer to death”. Use the time God has given you wisely and to His glory!
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