Thursday, December 27, 2007

New Year’s Resolutions for 2008

#1 Read the Bible less. Sure, it sounds heretical, but let me explain. Familiarity is the enemy of all things good. Why are family arguments the worst? It’s because family are the people with which we are most familiar. You don’t extend them the same grace you do other people. You are nicer to people on the street, perfect strangers, than you are to your own kind. Think about it. You’ve read the Bible everyday for who knows how long. Do you think during that time you may have become too familiar with it? By being so close to it, you may have missed something about its true essence, and maybe a fast from it might do you some good. I’m not talking about rejecting it, or not believing in it anymore. Just step away from the habitual practice of it. We may boast about how much and how often we read the Bible and how consistent we are in doing so, but when you read this challenge to slow it down a bit, what is your reaction? I would guess one reason you would say you can’t do it is you’ve made a commitment to do so. I would suggest you make sure that it really is a discipline and not a new law. Another reason might be fear. What would happen to me if I read the Bible one day a week this year? I’ve always been told that sin would keep me from the Book, or the Book would keep me from sin, so if I backed off from my daily indulgence of it, aren’t I just inviting wrongdoing into my life? You and I have more information available to us than any generation ever before, and that includes Bible information. This year, stop glutting yourself with more and more and more teaching, books and doctrine. Slow down and think about what you already know. Meditate on what you’ve already been given. Learn to relax and listen. Don’t be so uptight. Your stress of worry over slipping into sin may be worse for you than missing a day in Psalms and Proverbs.

5 comments:

bloodrose61 said...

Thank you, Watchman. I am doing better -- on an upswing. Trying not to dread the crash. Trying to enjoy this lighter feeling while it lasts. Remember to tell your daughter that she is wonderful and precious.

Merry Christmas to you too.

Watchman said...

I will do that, everyday.

Glad to know you're doing better. Don't let that star go out.

Maria said...

I've been doing this for some time now -- having young kids has disrupted any regular discipline in my life! I find every so often I'm really hungry to read a chunk of Scripture, but for the most part, I don't miss the daily superficial reading. What I really long for is a block of time to sit with a few verses and really listen (lectio divina). If that happened once a week in 2008, I'd be happy. Thanks for the encouragement!

glenn said...

Well said, Kevin, and what I was trying to get at awhile back.

David said...

I have found that switching out to the message by audio has brought new life into my times. I suffer more from a lack of discipline but agree with the sentiments