Not long ago a Facebook meme caught my eye. It said:
What if we treated our Bibles like we treat our cell phones?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?
What if we gave it to kids as gifts?
What if we used it as we traveled?
What if we used it in case of an emergency?
What if we upgraded it to get the latest version?
This is something to make you go…hmmm…where is my Bible?
Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don’t ever have to worry about our bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill!
I made an “ouch” face and scrolled past. But I couldn’t get that thought out of my head for anything. What if? And how am I even wondering about this? Why can’t I just smile and say, “Oh, believe me, I prize my Bible far above my cell phone!”
Because my actions don’t support that.
Not long ago I got almost all the way to my destination only to realize I had left my iPhone at home. I’m ashamed to confess that it dampened my whole evening. I wish I could say that was the only time that has happened. I’d like to say it’s because I hate being without that connection to my kids, but that is only part of the truth. The rest of it is I am just plain attached to my phone.
Our church’s message theme over the past few weeks has been “Focus”. Well, God has been bringing His Word into my central focus in a big way.
In the days that followed my first encounter that with that meme, God began planting a seed in my heart that bloomed into a challenge I have termed iFocus.
Here’s the challenge I set for myself.
For this week, Holy Week 2013, my iPhone will be attached (so to speak) to my Bible.
Where my phone goes, my Bible goes.
When I consult my phone (for anything), I consult my Bible (for something significant).
I will be blogging my thoughts on the challenge throughout the week.
Interestingly, I am starting a new Good Morning Girls Bible study tomorrow. Coincidence? Doubtful.
So here we go. Already today I’ve been studying from my Hebrew/Greek Keyword Study Bible on living a quiet and tranquil life of dignity. It’s just what I needed, but I imagine God knew that.