A Newsletter Ad To UseCatherine Pulsifer, © 2007
I was reading a newsletter and one of the ads in the newsletter caught my attention. It read:
When Was The Last Time You Used Your Bible?
Do you read your Bible or do you use your Bible?
For the blues, read Psalm 27.
For an empty purse, read Psalm 37.
If discouraged about work, Psalm 128.
If people seem unkind to you, John 15.
If you are losing confidence in people, 1 Corinthians 13.
If you are all out of sorts, Hebrew 12.
For a traveling companion, Psalm 121.
Rather than just reading your Bible, use your Bible!
I Was Intrigued
Of course this ad intrigued me, so I got my Bible and started reading the references in the ad. I found the references did in fact help with the comments that were mentioned in the ad.
I started thinking about the second line in the ad. What did I do - do I read my Bible or do I use my Bible?
After some thought, I realized I was actually only reading my Bible, I hadn't really used it as the ad suggested.
Using The Bible Rather Than Just Reading
Now, when I read my Bible, I actually am using the Bible to help me resolve issues in my life, and, to help me be thankful for all my blessings.
I am always reading inspirational books and looking for new ones. Here a book, the Bible, has been right here in front of me all the time. It is filled with wisdom and many inspiring messages and stories.
As Greg Tharpe, author of the book, The Godsend, says: "It can also be said that the Bible is a book of success and abundant blessings."
The Bible is a wonderful tool but like any tool that we have it does us no good unless we use it. And, just like tools, if they are not used, they become rusty and thus is so with the Bible.
Develop This Habit
You can easily develop a habit if you so wish to do so and that habit can be formed by something you do over and over again until it becomes second nature. As with the Bible, it can become your best friend in that you can rely on it without leaving one day absent from its wisdom.
The way to establish and use the Bible is to set a routine where you read the Bible daily. This could be at night just before you go to bed. You can start by reading at any book of the Bible but the thing to do is to set a number of pages or verses to read. Each night, you start where you left off and the idea here is twofold: first of all it is to establish a new habit, and the second is to give your mind something positive to think about while you sleep. This transference to your subconscious mind will help further develop your habit and to bring the messages of wisdom from the Bible into your life on a daily basis.
There are also great resources available on the internet to assist you. For example, Brian Hardin of The Daily Audio Bible. Each day, every day, he reads a section of the old testament, the new testament, a psalm, and a proverb. He has been a great teacher for me, I would highly recommend this resource.
A Gift From God
You do not have to forsake reading any other inspirational or motivational books; this is not the purpose. The purpose is to ensure that the gift of wise words from the Bible form an integral part of your life. One other way to develop a habit and one that can be used in the future is to start to read passages from the Bible on a regular basis to your children. This reading is especially helpful through their early years especially when they start to attend Sunday school. You can always find out what Biblical stories are being reviewed or read and you can follow on these stories by reading the same again to your children, or, when they can read, help them to read more challenging passages. This practice not only reinforces the word of God but is also a fine way to encourage reading.
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"All Scripture is God-breathed." 2 Timothy 3:16
"When the Bible speaks of God's love for us and the kind of love we are to have for him and for other people, the word is always apage, signifying a commitment to act." Rick Warren
"What if I told you the Bible is more about you than it is about God?" Brian Hardin
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