"Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life." John 6:68 NLT
Wow. It's been over a month since I posted anything new. When my husband mentioned it, I told him I just haven't really had much to say. "All evidence to the contrary", he quipped. Ok, so maybe I have a tendancy to be a little opinionated and....umm....vocal. "He's right", I thought. So why is the well that I write from so dry? I think I've found the answer.
I've become an avid-no,a voracious-reader. My husband and I are pastoring a growing new church, and I need wisdom in everything! My nightstand is home to LOTS of books. There are volumes on church growth, leadership, and creating community. Books about small groups, spiritual growth, and faith. There are titles by Hybels, Stanley, McManus and Chan. At any given moment, I'm reading at least two books. But there's another book on my nightstand, one I don't read as much. It's a large leather-bound volume, pushed to one side, behind my reading lamp. Maybe you've heard of it. It's called The Bible. Oh yeah, that. The Word of God. The Word of life. The Word that transforms, strengthens, instructs and corrects. The Word that is wisdom. That Book.
Since I became a Christ follower, I've read, studied, prayed, meditated, believed, even memorized God's words. But lately I've neglected them. I've read about the Bible more than the Bible itself. And it shows. The last few months have been filled with amazing church growth, and so much fruitful work. But there have also been growing pains, and a personal life filled with stress and change. At times I find myself moody, sullen, quick-tempered, even weak in faith. Why? Because that really important Book is pushed to one side, behind my reading lamp instead of hidden in my heart, and on my lips.
If we feel dry or malnourished, maybe we need to look at our spiritual "diet" to find out why. Perhaps we're not drinking from the rivers of living water (John 7:38) Maybe we're neglecting the milk of the word (1Peter 2:2). But the good news is we don't have to stay there. I've commited to begin every day reading God's word. Not just the devotions I read, or books about the Bible. But reading the actual Bible every day, before I do anything else. I don't want to be just a reader, but a reader for life! Will you join me?