My Aunt posted this a year ago. Looking online, the only name I could link it to is a Tom Young, sited as an inspirational “submitted” by him. Still, the authorship is unknown.
DIARY OF A BIBLE:
JANUARY: A busy time for me. Most of the family decided to read me through this year. They kept me busy for the first two weeks, but they have forgotten me now.
FEBRUARY: Clean-Up Time. I was dusted yesterday and put in my place. My owner did use me for a few minutes last week. He had been in an argument and was looking up some references to prove he was right.
MARCH: Had a busy day first of the month. My owner was elected president of the PTA and used me to prepare a speech.
APRIL: Grandpa visited us this month. He kept me on his lap for an hour reading from 1 Peter. He seems to think more of me than do some people in my own household.
MAY: I have a few green stains on my pages. Some spring flowers were pressed in my pages.
JUNE: I look like a scrapbook. They have stuffed me full of newspaper clippings…one of the girls got married.
JULY: They put me in a suitcase today. I guess we are off on vacation. I wish I could stay home; I know I’ll be closed up in this thing anyway, for at least two weeks.
AUGUST: Back home at last and in my old familiar place.
SEPTEMBER: I have a lot of company. Two women’s magazines and four comic books are stacked on top of me. I wish I could be read as much as they are.
OCTOBER: They read me a little today. One of them is very sick. Right now I am sitting in the center of the coffee table. I think the preacher is coming by for a visit.
NOVEMBER: Back in my old place Somebody asked today if I were a scrapbook.
DECEMBER: The family is busy getting ready for the holidays. I guess I’ll be covered up under wrapping paper and packages again…just as I am every Christmas.
It is very sad to see a dusty Bible, obviously seldom used. What I find true for many is that they try reading cover to cover, feeling that the way one should do. However, these quickly become overwhelmed by all the names, numbers, and regulations, and they give up. Even those who decide to read the New Testament will often start with Matthew and shoot for Revelation, only to become disinterested because of the repetitive accounts in those gospel records.
About 15 or 20 years ago, I was taught in SS class a better method that is easier to stick to. This method takes one through the New five times before going to the Old. It allows the reader to know Christ and His ways before reading the Old covenant and prophetic accounts. That knowledge makes the Old easier to glean. I’ve shared this reading suggestion before, but here it is again for those new followers.
- 1 – John through Revelation
- 2 – Matthew, skip to Acts through Revelation
- 3 – Mark, skip to Acts through Revelation
- 4 – Luke, skip to Acts through Revelation
- 5 – John through Revelation
- 6 – Genesis through Revelation
- 7 – Repeat 1-7
Tips: Always seek first the work of the Spirit who was sent to empower our comprehensive understanding.
If a verse grabs your attention, stop there for a bit and give God time to instruct your heart.
Have a notepad ready and keep a diary of the insights gleaned.
Pick one verse from the day’s reading, write it on a piece of paper you can tuck into a pocket; pull it out to read, commit to memory, and meditate on through the day.
Now, get up from here and give your Bible something good to record in it’s day.