Read & Live

A new year began not too long ago. A time for many to set goals for the next 365 days. I know there are those of who have set the goal of reading the entire Bible by the end of the year. I think the oldest, most translated book in the world is worth the read. There’s good stuff inside: The origin of our world and humankind; a set of perfect laws; people whom we can relate to and learn from; and hope of what is to come. But why are we reading and what do we intend to do after?

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I will be honest by saying that I have never finished reading the entire B-I-B-L-E. Chapters themselves and books within this ancient text are lengthy, and other activities have grabbed my attention. It happens. When I don’t open the Bible I find myself slipping away from Christ in some way. When I do crack it open I feel a little more reassured about facing anything, and I am inspired to be better than I was the day before.

After we turn the pages and scan then words, are truly loving towards others, even our enemies? What are we thinking; saying; hearing; viewing? Are we mindful of what we put in our bodies/what we do to our bodies? Do we treat our bodies like a temple? Are we observing all the commandments, or just the ones what we are comfortable with and not inconveniencing us? I ask myself these questions, and let me tell you something- I got work to do.

We can read the Bible from start to finish all we want. We can set ourselves on a reading schedule. We can memorize scripture word for word and quiz ourselves. We can quote the scripture every time we are facing a debater. But unless your desire going in is to open your heart to change; to apply all the good wisdom and instructions to your life, then how is it any different than a book assigned to you as a student? You’re expected to read it, but what are you going to do with that knowledge after?

Reading the Word is wonderful. Living the word- that’s more impressive. May we all live by it.

By David Harris

I was born on January 31, 1992. I graduated from Austin Peay State University in December 2015 with a B.S. My major was Communications, with a concentration in Print & Web Journalism. My minor was English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. Writing is my passion. I’m a book lover. I prefer to to be called a Booklion rather than a bookworm. Why- lions are mightier.
My first love is Jesus Christ. I was raised in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. No we are not a cult. We are Christians who worship on Saturday.
I have been stuttering since I was four, but through Christ I have persevered through it and will continue to do so. I’m not thing with Him.
Singing is another passion of mine. God blessed with me with the gift of song, which I am grateful for.

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