Ever hear a statement that just slapped you upside the head with a life-changing revelation? One profound instance for me happened at one of my live boot camps. During a sincere moment at the end of the camp, my friend shared a revelation he had experienced: “How dare I read self-help books all of the time and never read a book on being a better parent.” Wow.
That not only struck me in the moment, but it also stuck with me. In my efforts to learn more about my faith and build a stronger relationship with God, this statement prompted me to have my own revelation. Though I have gone to church quite regularly since my youth and have heard many Bible passages multiple times, I have never read the Bible. What is in-between the famous passages? How dare I live my life claiming to have faith when I have never read the Bible for myself.
It is one thing to get the Cliff Notes or insights from a pastor or priest, but why haven’t I read the whole book? I could be missing some important parts. So last year I committed to reading the Bible cover to cover, just a few passages every day. I was encouraged to start with the New Testament, but I’m logical and have been called legalistic. My commitment was cover to cover, which to me means from the beginning to the end.
I have to be transparent. Some parts confused me terribly. Some were very challenging to read, but I’m still glad I am doing it. I feel it is now inside me. Once I have finished, I’ll go back and follow a plan from my church, but for now I just feel the need to go all the way through at least once in my lifetime.
Last week I finished the Old Testament and have started on the New Testament. I thought it was curious that there was nothing that clearly told me when I went from the Old to the New, but I figured it out. Sometimes we have to figure some things out on our own. Glad my friend shared his revelation, because it led to mine.
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