Day 22 – A Roadmap for Life
Alright, I hope this doesn’t sound like preaching, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit it. One book has affected my life above all others. Yep, here it comes…the Bible. There, I said it.
It’s a subject many don’t like to confront, and I have to ask, “Why? What’s the big deal?” Why do so many feel uncomfortable when they find out a person reads the Bible, or moreover, studies the Bible? If there is nothing special about this book then why does it create so much controversy? Something to think about.
Much is the result of American church culture. I won’t get into denominations here, but many churches for decades taught that only the priests, preachers, pastors, whatever you want to call the men and women of “the cloth”, were capable of understanding the Bible. In other words, leave it to the clergy to consider such holy writings. Hogwash.
The closest I came to reading the Bible as a child was during weekly services, when I was picked to read a passage of Scripture in front of the congregation. I also read children’s Bible stories. Not until I was 18 years-old did I pick up the huge Bible under our family coffee table and actually read it.
It’s a great book if you can put aside any religious pretense against it. The unabridged book is a love story of a God who cares enough about people that He risks his own son’s life to rescue them. Murders, betrayals, bloody battles, heroism and graphic romance run throughout the collection of books.
Don’t believe me on the graphic romance piece? Read the book Song of Songs (also called Song of Solomon), but cover your child’s ears before reading aloud. Some of the lingo falls between rated ‘R’ and ‘X’. It won’t take you long to see beneath the metaphorical bedsheets. (smile)
The Story also contains a roadmap for good living. Some of my personal favorites are the Psalms and Proverbs. The wisdom outlined throughout have yet to steer me wrong, both professionally and personally. Try reading one Proverb a day. In one month, you will have read them all, and gained a bit of insight along the way.
I’m thankful for a book that has stood the test of time and changed generations unlike any other.