day 29

I read this recently on my friend’s Facebook page, “The bible is the only book where the author is in love with the reader.”  I don’t know who said it but I love it!  It got me thinking that I usually read the bible like it’s a book.  But of course we know that it’s really a letter.  And now I see it as a beautiful love letter from God to me.

I start a new book and think it’s addressed, To My Beloved Sterling…

When you read each book as if it’s a letter written to you, it takes on new meaning.  It feels quieter, more personal.  It sounds like a whisper.  I wish I had the time (or will power?) to write more letters.  I think the world could use more handwritten letters these days.  But in the meantime, if I don’t write you a letter, grab your bible and remember that God wrote one just for you.  Don’t let Him down by leaving it unread.


“Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.” 2 John 9

This verse really jumped out at me.  First of all just reading the word “progressive” caught my eye but more than that, I thought this verse was interesting.  It’s not saying that being progressive is wrong, rather I think God wants us to progress.  The danger is progressive so far or perhaps so fast that that we don’t remain in the teaching of Christ.  I think for me this applies especially to my schedule.

When I progress to taking on so much that I become frazzled… I cannot remain in the teaching of Christ.  I can’t keep up what I’ve learned and I can’t continue to learn more, to be saturated in the words of God or the teachings of the church.  That’s when I stop making progress.  I start feeling anxious, like I’m drowning.   That’s when I stop feeling God’s presence with me.

“Whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.”  And boy do I need those guys in my life! So let us focus on the right kind of progress, the kind that leads us to God, not away from Him.