I often think of it like that. Morning and evening it’s always a good idea to brush your teeth—it’s not that something tragic will happen if you miss once or twice, but it’s so important long-term that you make the effort, right? It’s the same with our devotional life. To give time to nurture our relationship with God is not a rule, but ra-ther an intentional daily act that helps strengthen our faith.
But there’s more to tooth care than brushing your teeth. When you eat a big juicy steak you might get some stuck in your teeth requiring some “incidental attention” - we we find that this happens frequent-ly throughout the day. In the same way we need to be continually in dialogue with God throughout the day and nurture that moment-by-moment relationship with Him.
Finally, you would be clever to get your teeth checked by a dentist a couple of times a year. In the Spiritual life I would equate this with going on a retreat, or spending time with a Spiritual Director. This kind of “spiritual check-up” allows us to more fully consider life and to seek God deeply.
Three keys to the Spiritual care:
1) Intentional daily devotions
2) Moment-by-moment incidental attention
3) Spiritual checkups
Pastor David Auty