A Good Book   Leave a comment

As I write this, I’ve been busy perusing my bookshelves.  You see, I’m going on vacation for a few days and want to focus on anything but work.  Vacation is supposed to be like that, you know.  Often, I take work with me anyway.  After all, we workaholics can never truly leave work and the family has to sleep sometime while we’re gone!

Thankfully, I’m learning my lesson, albeit slowly.  I have developed a good habit of taking my cell phone with me but keeping it turned off.  The deal I have made with myself, my family and the church is that I’ll turn it on once a day in the evening to check messages.  It is a compromise, but the Shepherding business often calls for it, unfortunately.

Another deal I have made with myself recently is to take a couple of books with me wherever I go.  Sometimes, I don’t even get to open them.  Other times, I’ll only sneak in a chapter or two while gone and not get back to the book until I have thoroughly forgotten what I have already consumed.  This, of course, causes me to have to start over, completely defeating the purpose.

This year, I’m taking two books, actually three.  The first is a book I read some time ago by Mark Lowry.  It is alwaysgood to simply have a good laugh.  I’m also taking a book that I bought a few months ago that I just haven’t been able to get to yet.  The author is a great speaker and teacher named John Ortberg and the book is called, Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them.  How’s that for a title?  It sounds like something I would say, which is what draws me to the book even though I honestly don’t know what it is about.  I’m quite anxious to get this one open!

Neither of these books will be my first priority, however.  You see, in a rather hasty spell recently I haven’t been able to get nearly as much time with my favorite book as I’d like.  It’s a book I read daily, but sometimes more than others – never as much as I desire.

Yes, it’s my Bible.  god’s word has within it everything that I could possibly want to know about life and how it should be lived.  There are parts in there that make me laugh and parts that make me cry, but all parts speak directly to my heart!  I truly with that people would stop calling it “The Good Book.”  It is far more than that.  It is God’s book.

Use whatever clever statement you want about God’s word, but it will always come back to being God’s word.  I’ve heard it called everything from God’s blueprint for life to God’s instruction manual for living to God’s love letter to mankind.  Regardless, it is God’s word!

As a Pastor, I must confess that there are times when I take my Bible on leisure adventures and when I go to read it, it feels as if I’ve brought my work with me.  While this satisfies the Type-A workaholic within me, it does make me feel guilty that I’ve even given God’s word that thought.  But I’ve matured enough now to understand that while God’s word is certainly a major factor of what I do in His Kingdom work, it is much, much more than my main “work” book.  It is God’s word for my life too!

So here’s what I plan to do.  I am taking my three books with me in hope to spending some time in each – gleaning the fruits of the words within.  I will not sacrifice ANY time with my wife and children to do so.  Yes, they will sleep and I will read, but this time, for the right reasons.

Posted September 14, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Bible

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