I’ve enjoyed reading the Bible using a reading plan designed by R. M. M’Cheyne, with a large group of friends daily this year. Monday through Friday, I write a brief devotional thought on one of the chapters for that day. Hopefully, I am continuing a godly tradition that M’Cheyne began and other pastors have used as well. Occasionally I have to miss a day due to my schedule. The dialogue with my friends via email though has made this a wonderfully personal experience for me.
The best part is when others email back to me to share their thoughts or questions or just a high five!
It also has helped with my Bible memorization. By thinking about the passages I choose to write about, I keep bringing the passage back to my thoughts. Sometimes, I’ll have to pull out my iPhone and look up the passage but even in the process of getting the words jumbled up in my mind, eventually throughout the day, I’m getting the entire passage down.
Writing a few thoughts is provoking my thinking and application more as well. Remembering, quoting, writing, sharing is all a part of Biblical meditation.
It has gotten me to thinking about important it is to read the Bible in community! Whether with a small group, your family, or using social media like we are. Also the importance of thinking about the Word throughout the day.
- Who are you reading the Bible with?
- How often do you read the Bible?
- Are you committing Scripture to memory and do you journal about it?
If so, I’d like to know how you’re doing it.
Speaking of that, one of the portions I’m reflecting on from today’s readings is “Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember you must give an account to God for everything you do. So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy.” Ecclesiastes 11:9b-10a, NLT
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Love, Joy and Peace!