My Security Blanket
More and more, I want my Bible everywhere I go. Not just any Bible, but ‘my’ Bible. It is worn out (that should encourage my parishioners) and I have had to glue the binding back together. This month marks its third birthday.
My Bible is an English Standard Version from Crossway Bibles. I stumbled across this version at Barnes and Nobles three years ago, bought the Bible immediately, and can’t put it down. I now use the ESV for my sermon readings. About 1 year ago, I started marking in this Bible. That step is huge for me. I used to never write in my Bibles, but a couple years ago I started writing in another Bible and it was amazing. I highlight certain passages that stand out, and then write a 1 line description to summarize.
Rick Warren says he keeps a Bible for 10 years and then shelves it. In that 10 year period, he has a beautiful array of notations and experiences with that Bible. It then becomes sort of a scrapbook, that he can go back and relive revelatory moments. Rick Warren seems so organized. It’s like everything in his life is categorized and alliterated. I am not quite that detailed, and I don’t think this Bible will take another seven years of the wear and tear it is receiving.
This Bible seems to be more special to me than any before. What is it? The sleek design? The translation/version? The cool cover?
I have taught for a long time that the book has no power in and of itself, that the world’s most powerful book could lay on your dresser for years and never change you life just because you live in close proximity to it. I still hold that belief. I feel strongly and based on the scripture itself, that it takes a person reading and receiving the Word for it to bear fruit in his or her life. In other words, the seed must be sown.
However, this Bible lures me in, and carrying it around literally makes me feel different. There seems to be a psychological and spiritual bond with the book. It makes me feel safer. A great example is when I am talking on the platform during the service. I might be greeting guests or praying. There will be no scripture read or no need for the book in a literal sense. However, I want to hold it because of what the Word means to me. Sure, it’s also nice to have it ready in case I want to go into impromptu scriptures.
My pastor always taught us to leave a Bible open on your desk or your coffee table. Let the Word spiritually permeate the atmosphere. I am starting to get this drift. I hope you do to.