We need things that jog our memories: physical, visible objects that, when we see them, bring back to our minds the things that have started to slip away.
I have found that giving God the first hour of every day is an excellent practice. Not only does it honor God by giving Him the “firstfruits” of the day, but it is the most helpful thing I’ve ever done in regard to my own spiritual growth.
I’ve heard others say it jokingly, but I really did used to think the Latin phrase “Carpe Diem” was a reference to the “Fish God.” It isn’t, of course. It means “seize the day,” and it encapsulates one of the most important principles in the Scriptures.
The willingness to pay the price and do the hard things is what separates those who really want to go to heaven from those who just think “it would be a nice idea.” So honestly, how much does it really mean to you? Are you willing to train for it?
While I was writing “Reaching Forward,” a book called “Heaven: The Heart’s Deepest Longing” by Peter Kreeft came to my attention, and it has become one of my most beloved books of all time.
Commitments hold you true to your highest sentiments when “practicality” and “common sense” would otherwise tear them down, and commitments keep you steady on the battlefield when otherwise you would turn and run.
Devotional time is not only time set aside to think about God; it is time spent learning a greater devoutness to God at all other times. There is no more serious, or important, practice than devotional practice.