A few years ago, we had family come visit from out of town, and they asked us to take them on a tour of AT&T Stadium (where the Dallas Cowboys play). I didn’t even know that was a “thing.” We have lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for more than 17 years and have never ventured 30 minutes away to tour the stadium. But we loved it! It was a few hours of family fun and playing on the Cowboys’ actual field.

Thinking back on our day, I realized something. Have you ever noticed that we become accustomed to our surroundings? We get up, get the kids to school, go to the gym, go to work, run errands, go to church, grocery shop, and repeat. We can become robotic in our daily lives, and we generally stick to our normal activities. And then it happens—company comes to visit, and we realize we need to look outside of our norm to find fun things to do in our area. We use Google to find events and recreational places, and sometimes we revisit places as simple as the park across the street. We discover wonderful experiences that have always been available to us—we just never took the time to explore them!

Did you know the same thing happens when we read the Word? A few months ago, I got a power-packed daily audio devotional called Becoming, which was created by Cari Trotter, a member of the Gateway Dallas Campus. This devotional has become part of my morning routine. As I worked my way through the series of seven-minute teachings, I thought back to our tour of the stadium and how a devotional is like a tour, taking us out of our daily routine and giving us new insights into Scripture. It takes us to passages in the Bible we may have glazed over, in the same way our family has driven past that stadium many times without realizing the fun we could have there. I have read through the Bible many times and even taken college courses on the Old and New Testaments. After all the reading and learning I’ve done, this short morning devotional still took me to places in Scripture I hadn’t truly explored.

Devotionals are powerful tools that help us meditate on God’s Word. Whether you are reading one of Gateway’s amazing devotionals or a devotional app on your phone, the benefits of having a devotional as part of your routine is like taking a life-giving tour every day! It’s an opportunity to get out, look around, and take it all in! There is so much to see!

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither. And whatever he does shall prosper.”

Psalm 1:2–3

 

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