Thursday, October 22, 2015

rediscovering wisdom

What are some of your favorite things to buy? As in you don't need it, you already have too many, but you just bought another one  anyway.

Among my favorites are coffee mugs (how do you choose between ergonomic handles or rustic designs?!), sweaters (I've bought the same one in different colors--with no regrets), and Bibles (leather-bound with room for notes, please!).

If you're like me, you were able to justify your unnecessary purchase by telling yourself you'll use or wear every version you have--some day. And you're even somewhat intentional about giving each a turn.

But, if you're anything like me, you eventually settle on your one favorite coffee mug and sweater . . . and your Bible ends up a lovely addition to your room decor.

Earlier this week I started talking about five habits that keep me sane. Today I'm talking about one I really need to work on: putting my Bible to work.

At the most basic level, the Bible helps us understand and perceive our world. It provides "the answers to our deepest questions," and "the food for [our] most desperate hunger"1.

In other words, the Bible feeds our God-shaped void. Why are we here? What's our purpose? and What now? are all questions the Bible can help us wrestle through.

The Bible also gives us access to God's heart: His purpose, His passion, and His call. Reading it, knowing it, and living by it allows the Spirit to do His good work in our lives.

Reading it can be a daunting task, though, I know. Between Netflix, social media, and friends, there's almost always one other thing we'd rather be doing. Plus--and here's the big challenge--where do we even start?!

This summer I decided I needed to engage the Word. I could read it, study it, reflect on it, or memorize it. I went with memorizing and reflecting on it.

Each week or so I pick a passage that speaks to me. Then I write the passage throughout the day as I have time (I find that this is an activity that's easy to pick up and put down with the kids running around). When possible, I recite them orally (like when Titus is nursing).

Over the course of the week, I think hard about why these verses mean so much to me. What's God saying here? What part stands out the most? What meaning do I draw from them?

Since having kids, there's been a lot of good truths I've forgotten--about God, about who He says I am, and my purpose in life. Maybe you're in the same boat. If there's one thing I know about God, it's that it's never too late to start seeking Him.

Find an easy place to start (baby steps, friends!) and try it for a week. Evaluate your experience at the end of that week. What went well and what didn't? How can you tweak it to better suit your needs?

God wants you to know Him. Whatever the method of seeking Him you try, He will respond! Make it your goal this week to start seeking.


1 Biography of the Bible: Its Character, Authorship, Text, Translation and Influence on the Evolution of Mankind, Bates, p. 52