So, to give you a little preview into the beginning of how tonight’s blog will eventually come in to being… I started writing on a thought, or truth, rather, that I repeat in my head each time that I come to a hard spot in my spiritual walk. I was jotting down a beginning so that when I came back from church tonight I would have a train of thought to go off of already. Needless to say I lost track of time and was almost late to church.
When I got there I sat down, still feeling a bit rushed and not quite focused yet and open to what God may want me to take from tonight’s lesson. We are doing a short class on “How to Study the Bible.” Something I was excited about, because before a year ago I never really opened a bible, much less studied it, though I do try my best to get into the word and take what I can from it each day. Needless to say, the focus was hard in coming. The handouts I got for the class were all wrong. I’m pretty sure I just got all of the extra printouts that were left over because I got doubles of some pages and was missing the entire first 2 pages. I knew something was wrong when the first thing I read was “Conclusion:” hmmmm. That’s ok though. It forced me to sit and simply listen rather than get caught up in taking notes and reading the pages. I’m a pretty slow reader, and so the time it takes me to read it, the speaker is already on to the next point. (God was getting my attention.)
I learned a lot and am excited to start using the tools that I learned. I was even inadvertently “challenged” to write about a cereal box by our Pastor.
On my drive home I kept thinking about that stinkin’ cereal box and “how in the world would I relate my growth in faith to a cereal box of all things??” I’m not a huge fan of cereal. At least not since I was a kid and the only reason I ate it was so I could either get the prize at the bottom (which, you know…..you DUG for it!), or to pick all of the marshmallows out and leave the semi-healthy bits behind. I do like me some granola but the boxes really aren’t that amusing to read as I’m eating.
THAT’s where it hit me! Reading cereal boxes. When you’re still in the mental fog of trying to wake up but needing to feed your body for the day ahead, and all you do is stare at the pretty colors and amusing characters on the box. Or you’re one of those real “go getters” and challenge yourself to try and pronounce the ingredients.
What if we took the time to read something more filling? To not only feed our bodies but also our souls? Where the prize at the bottom isn’t a trading card, but a closer understanding of God’s desire and promises. Let’s take it a step further…instead of sitting on the pot (cause that morning coffee gets things working!) and staring at social media on our devices or reading the shampoo bottle…what if we kept a bible, or, if that sounds too disrespectful next to the commode, a book of inspirational bible verses?
We were given the challenge tonight to spend 30 minutes each day, for 30 days, studying our bibles. I chose, even before it was recommended, to read in Romans. I gained a lot from my reading in it the other day and have been curious to see what else the book holds. So, over the next month I may be inserting some lessons or thoughts that I get from my 30 minutes of Romans and I look forward to sharing and hearing from you your thoughts on the passages, if you care to join me!
This will be the first time I’ve delved into a single book of the bible, so be patient with me! Also, please remember that my thoughts on scripture are just that. I’m no expert by any means and I have a lot to learn. Not to mention my walk with God is different from yours and we each take away something different each time we read the same passage. However, I would like to hear what you draw from it!
Who wants to join me in putting aside the “corn flour blend, sugar, natural flavor, red 40, BHT for freshness” and ponder on the meaning of “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,…..?” (This is where we raise our spoons in a toast!) *ting
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