Posts Tagged ‘Bible reading’

“There’s a reading that’s fundamental, it’s also detrimental to your spiritual growth.” Those are the words Ronnie uses to open today’s video.

Something is wrong with my earphones today. I couldn’t hear all of Ronnie’s video.

While cooking Sunday dinner and slicing the vegetables I thought, “Ah.” I remember those opening words to the video.

“There’s a reading that’s fundamental, it’s also detrimental to your spiritual growth.”

Cutting onions, bell peppers and other vegetables are very fundamental to cooking. I barely give it much thought. But this day, I realize something from rolling his words around in my mind. I realize that when I open God’s Word to grow closer to Him, when I split God’s Word right open I am always cut to the quick.

I thank God for showing me that just like when I want to turn a meal around . . . make it tasty . . . better for consumption . . . healthier . . . the first thing I do is grab the knife and cutter board and I began to split open, cut things to their core.

I cut in order to get the best results. Likewise, when we want to turn our lives around, when we need to change, need a bit of flavor, a little color, we need to open our Bible—read God’s holy Word to allow it to peel back our layers. Cut us to the core. It is with this realization that I nod my head in letting the savor of truth permeate me. “Eat this book” I think, as I stand at the stove stirring the meat and gravy.

I understand that just as cooking and eating dinner is very fundamental, it can also be detrimental to our physical growth if we ignore it. So his words echo again in my mind’s ear, Ronnie’s words. “There’s a reading that’s fundamental, it’s also detrimental to your spiritual growth.”

“Food leads us to bodily form. How we read Scripture leads to our spiritual formation,” I think. “I am what I eat.”

Reading, as it were, puts the solid food into our mouths, meditation chews it and breaks it down, prayer obtains the flavor of it and contemplation is the very sweetness which makes us glad and refreshes us” ~ Guigo

What if this year we ate less and savored more,” I tell my family as we sit down for dinner?

“So that God could form us,” I say.

I pray thanking God for the hearing of that opening statement and for the breakdown of the earphones, then I say, “Lord let me read, meditate, pray, and most importantly, live out what I consume when I partake in the Bread of Heaven. Allow me to let it form me and remind me to chew it slowly, to savor it.

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“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and to love by loving.  All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.” ~ Saint Francis de Sales

In today’s video, Ronnie challenges us to commit ourselves to opening our day with our own individual  quiet time  in God’s Word.

One of  his practical suggestions for those just beginning is to start reading a Scripture that applies to a certain area of your life, meaning something that you are going through—possibly a struggle of some sort.

Don’t forget: Our faith comes alive when we apply Scripture to our daily tasks and concerns.

Did you know the Bible is like medicine?  It goes to work only when we apply it to the effected areas of our lives.

 To know your way through a day begins with listening: And your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” ~ Is. 30:21

Our lives are occupied territory…
occupied by a cacophony of voices,
and the din outdoes us.

In the daytime we have no time to listen,
beset as we are by anxiety and goals
and assignments and work,
and in the night the voices are so confusing
we can hardly sort out what could possibly be your voice
from the voice of our mothers and our fathers
our best friends and our pet projects,
because they all sound so much like you.

We are people over whom that word shema has been written.
We are listeners, but we do not listen well.

So we bid you, by the time the sun goes down today
or by the time the sun comes up tomorrow,
by night or by day,
that you will speak to us in ways that we can hear
out beyond ourselves.

It is your speech to us that carries us where we have never been,
and it is your speech to us that is our only hope.
So give us ears.

Amen. Walter Brueggemann, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth