In movies, books, and TV series a great deal of time is spent in developing the characters. So that you can care about what the character cares about you need to be able to relate to them. Though it is usually necessary to do this it is also usually the more boring part of the story. So we are going to move right through those boring parts and let the character of this blog develop on its own over time.
I read the Bible. Wanted to get that right out front so you don’t think I have a hidden agenda or I am trying to sneak up on you with “religion”. As stated in the previous post I was not a reader, so reading the Bible, forget about it.
I grew up with Bible stories and I would attend church services where excerpts were read from the Bible, and that was enough Bible for me. I thought I knew enough, or at least all I needed to know. I said the same things that others say:
- “the Bible is confusing”
- “the Bible is just stories” (implying that they are fictional stories)
- “the Bible contradicts itself”
- “that was great for then this is now”
There are other similar type statements, you may even have your own.
But then things changed in my life. I began a journey that went from believing that the Bible was people’s ideas about God, to the Bible is about God, to the Bible contained the word of God, to the Bible is the word of God.
Said that so that I can say this, part of the focus here is allowing God a larger place in our lives. That starts very simply as stated in the Bible, in the book of Romans:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Rom 12:1 NKJV
But I think for our purposes, I like how this is stated from another translation of the Bible:
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Rom 12:1 MSG