It’s not worth it. It’s not worth missing out on something way better. I can crack a joke, and give you a bump of encouragement, but I cannot change your life. I cannot defeat the powers of darkness in your world, and I cannot wipe every tear from your eye.
That would be Jesus.
If you’re reading this before something better – say, the BIBLE maybe – then click over to your Bible app, and be nourished. God’s Cooking is way better than mine anyhow. And He serves it up piping hot first thing in the morning. Eat up, then come back on over. I’ll be here to have a visit and serve you coffee and scones.
You see, I myself have just been hit with this conviction. Straight across the eyes.
There is an endless parade of delightful blogs to discover and follow, books to read or shop for, Facebook posts to scroll through.
But let me tell you the truth: none of these will change my life. None of these will save our souls.
Confession: I sit and nurse the baby first thing in the morning: around 6 a.m. This is my reading time too. But lately, I haven’t been spending it reading my Bible. Rather, I scroll around on my smart phone. And I just realized: my screen is what I look at the most. It’s what I’m voting for with my eyeballs. It shows my priorities by the evidence of where I spend my time. In my defense, it’s all related to my life: recipe ideas for dinner, swimming lesson class schedules, researching fellow bloggers comparable to me, and checking in on the lives of my Facebook friends. It’s good, but it’s not foundational. It’s useful, but without the Bible echoing in my head on the drive to school, there is no anchor to hold me in place. By default, I begin looking for worth and meaning in what I put before my eyes.
Without me realizing it, my heart begins to cry out: “Facebook, give me a deep sense of belonging! Weather app, give me the control to predict my days! News feed, bolster my validity as a human by making me knowledgeable and informed about society and current events!”
But it’s a misplaced plea.
Right question. Wrong answer.
Let’s try something else, shall we?
I have found that the Bible doesn’t say,
“Your Facebook Feed, oh Lord, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens.
Your News Updates continue through all generations;
You established the Blogosphere, and it endures.”
(NOT Psalm 119:89-90)
it says this:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
And even this (I couldn’t choose just one piece of it, so I just included it all):
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-14
The Scriptures. the Word of God. And in one of the most mysterious twists, Jesus himself as the Word as well. The Bible isn’t just a book. It’s alive with the Holy Spirit, which is from Jesus. It’s “God-breathed.” It’s the only thing that has the actual power to give me the exact life I was designed to live as I follow the Lord. When I connect my spirit with His, my circuit loop completes and my wires spark to life.
Can your trending memes do that?
The problem with the Bible is that it doesn’t market itself like Candy Crush or Zulilly. It doesn’t pepper my online searches with cookies and side bar advertisements for the Glory of God, now half-off to the first one hundred orders.
Can you imagine?
A fellow writer and new friend, Carolyn Henderson, was discussing this with me about it. She said, “Yes, it certainly feels like a ‘rebellious act’ to live and work from a very different starting point – Jesus – and to not get swept up in all the ‘noise’.”
I love the idea of God being the starting point of each day. When I do read a few verses first thing in the morning, or scroll through a chapter on my phone’s Bible app, I feel better. (Not “good girl” better, like I’ve taken my vitamins, though I’m the first to admit to the rush of following the rules and collecting approval like arcade tickets. I am, after all, a first-born. Approval is my jam.) I feel better because I have connected with my Creator. It’s like my soul sighs. He made me. He knows how I tick. All my idiosyncrasies are his fault. He made my feet with good arches for running, and he gave me a love of climbing rocks and trees as a kid. My Spirit, what makes me ME, comes alive when I read His Word.
Now, are you still reading?!
What did I tell you?
Here, I’ll help you. Try this: God’s Word is AWESOME.