I’m not only blogging from a coffee shop, I’m blogging from an iPad.
This may take a while for me to type because I’m pretty sure I will get mobbed by jealous onlookers wanting to ask me questions about what it’s like to be so cool. I’m anticipating that all the pictures of me that people will try to secretly take on their cell phones will eventually be too distracting. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m asked to leave the coffee shop if the crowds gathering around me start interfering with their business.
About 30 minutes has passed since I typed the previous paragraph. I’m impressed with the self-restraint shown by these patrons; not one person has bothered me or asked me questions or – to my knowledge – taken my picture. Hmm…
Anyway, on to the point of this blog post: in previous years I made the New Years resolution to read the Bible through in one year. It meant setting aside 15 or 20 minutes a day for 365 days.
But this year is gonna be different. My commitment for this year is far more radical and challenging. Here is my resolution and prayer:
I want the Bible to read me – all the way through – for 365 days. I want to open the Word, inviting the Holy Spirit to look me over, sorta scanning me like the new airport security x-ray machine.
Ya see, I can read the Bible for 20 minutes or so a day, check it off my To-Do list and get on my way. But to let the Bible read me, examine me, to search me and reveal the real me…well, I can’t just “go on my way.” This type of Spiritual Exercise demands a response, an opportunity for life change.
But to tell people that I’m reading my Bible cover-to-cover sounds pretty cool, you must admit. Kinda like propping your feet up at a coffee shop, with an iPad on your lap.
But maybe this year will be different. By “different” I mean just that – not the same. Transformed. Not just better, but new. I don’t anticipate crowds gathering. No photos taken. But maybe by this time next year I will be different because of the Bible reading me as only a Living Word can do.