I don’t travel long or far without a book to read in my car, bag or purse. It may be a novel I’m reading for fun, a how-to book on writing or editing techniques or a business trend book. Many times I have a variety of all three going at once. Having these books handy means that if stuck in traffic I can get a page read, or by chance I’m early for an appointment, a chapter could be consumed, or if I’m at ball practice watching Cole, I might get a little reading done. These opportunities give me minutes that I use to take in a story or information. Why then, didn’t I mention the Bible?
Before we state the obvious, think of the books of the Bible in terms of the stories they tell. Family histories, trials, triumphs, love, drama and a happy ending – the same kinds of stories we pull off the shelves in the fiction section. The Bible provides the “how to” and “self-help” for any situation or season of life. And yet, it’s not in our quick read pile.
Why not pick up the inspired word of God for a verse, chapter or book? The Bible comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be taken anywhere. Yet, we leave by the bed, on a shelf or in the car only to carry into church on Sunday morning.
The one, five or ten minutes in traffic or waiting on others when we pull out our other reading materials, we could use to connect with God’s word and the people He used to teach us. I certainly am not saying to exclude a good fiction or informational book from your reading. I’m encouraging you to keep the Bible in your regular reading pile. Treat it like the life handbook and great literature that it is.
Let me know how it goes.
All the best,