I was listening to Francis Chan the other day while making copies for work. I didn't have the video showing on my screen but was listening to his words and catching most of it as I was working. As he was talking he said something like "when I read this book to prepare for today's teaching" and it caught my attention. I immediately stopped what I was doing and clicked over to see what book he was talking about.
You may not know this about me but I LOVE to read. It is my absolute favorite thing to do. I love learning, studying and digging deep. So, when I heard that Francis Chan had read a book I assumed it was one I definitely needed to read. One of his books, Crazy Love, is my absolute favorite. As I brought up the video I was thrilled that I could see what book he read, obviously recommended and that I could buy and read it too. Do you know what book it was that he held up while talking?
Of course it was. Do you know for a second I was disappointed? You see, I already read the Bible, I wanted ANOTHER book that I could read that would impact my relationship with God and help me grow. Yep, somehow I thought that there just might be another book out there that would grow my relationship with God more than HIS WORD.
The whole experience gave me a chance to examine my heart and the way I see things, especially things like the Bible and its value in my life. Maybe it's my familiarity with it that has made it seem less valuable? There are definitely things I take for granted like my health, water, food and shelter because these are things that I have always had and never had to experience going with out. Honestly, I don't believe I can recognize their true value until I am without them. Could be the same with the Word of God? I think about my brothers and sisters in China that would treasure a Bible of their own and the freedom to read it.
As embarrassing as this post is to write I am thankful to have had the experience and be able to share it. I pray that God will continually give me a deep love for His Word so I can give it the respect, awe and adoration it deserves.
With a Thankful Heart,