Lately, I’ve returned to a classic: Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest. You can find it here. You could also download the free app. Just go to your phone’s app store and search for My Utmost for His Highest. I read it regularly in college and in my early ministry days. It’s simple, but incredibly thought provoking. Some thoughts are over my head. Some of his concepts, however, create the right questions for me to be mulling over throughout the day.
I got away from his stuff because I started to feel like I needed to come up with my own versions of devotional material. Great chefs make their own spaghetti sauce (I buy Mid’s). I felt like I was above the devotional material that amateur Christians use; I’m a professional (ha!). That was stupid thinking. Why would I walk away from something that works, something that has worked for so many over decades of time? Lately I’ve tried to read it every morning as a way of centering myself around a single spiritual concept. It’s helpful for me. There are two editions: updated and classic. The “updated” is easier to track with. If you’re brand new to following Jesus, don’t be surprised if it seems too deep or confusing. Just find a sentence or two you can understand and focus on that thought.
If you’re trying to get into a routine for growth, I’d recommend giving Oswald a try. Regardless of whether it benefits you spiritually, I think you’ll agree that he does a great job redeeming the name, “Oswald.”