1/17/2013

Low and Slow

There's nothing like ribs cooked low and slow in the smoker or stew simmering in the crockpot.  Can you smell those rich, BBQ ribs or that beefy stew?  Some things just take time and they're well worth the wait. 

Our culture doesn't promote waiting of any sort--enter the very medium I use everyday (Internet). Shopping, finding information on everything from diseases to clothes, and so much more. The spinning circle indicating that something is slow in downloading--not good. Waiting is not popular --I'm usually not a fan. But I've gained some wisdom over the years, and find that waiting or patience is necessary for much of life. So you can either continue to be frustrated that life isn't instanteous or accept that the line you choose at the grocery store will be the absolute slowest.

After printing off the Bible reading schedule that will get me through the Bible within 12 months, I decided to go low and slow.  What's the hurry?  Why not get rid of the list and try a different approach?

There's absolutely nothing wrong with reading through the Bible in a year. I've done it a few times and have found it to be valuable experience every time.  There is a certain sense of accomplishment to check off the little boxes on the schedule, especially for me since To Do lists are important daily companions. But going low and slow in 2013 means that there's time to actually to savor the Scripture, rather than dashing through it to meet the appointed daily reading.  I've decided to read through a book in each section of the Bible for this year.  History, poetry, the Gospels, the Law, wisdom, epistles, and prophecy. Already a lot of pressure has been lifted.  There's time for the Spirit to speak, time to be still, and time to get to know the Author of the book.  His Word is like honey, a two-edge sword, flawless, beautiful, and alive.  Those striking descriptions are found in the pages of 66 books written over a span of over 1,600 years by 40+ people, who wrote as God inspired them. 

Here's your challenge: read the Bible every day in whatever way works for you. Try the low and slow method if you're feeling overwhelmed with the schedule or just want to slow down. Stay in one book all year if you want, read through the Gospels, or try the method above.  Get to know the Author who pursues you with love and redemption. His Word contains everything we need for living life well.

    All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.   It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.   II Timothy 3:16-17 NLT

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1/17/2013

Low and Slow

There's nothing like ribs cooked low and slow in the smoker or stew simmering in the crockpot.  Can you smell those rich, BBQ ribs or that beefy stew?  Some things just take time and they're well worth the wait. 

Our culture doesn't promote waiting of any sort--enter the very medium I use everyday (Internet). Shopping, finding information on everything from diseases to clothes, and so much more. The spinning circle indicating that something is slow in downloading--not good. Waiting is not popular --I'm usually not a fan. But I've gained some wisdom over the years, and find that waiting or patience is necessary for much of life. So you can either continue to be frustrated that life isn't instanteous or accept that the line you choose at the grocery store will be the absolute slowest.

After printing off the Bible reading schedule that will get me through the Bible within 12 months, I decided to go low and slow.  What's the hurry?  Why not get rid of the list and try a different approach?

There's absolutely nothing wrong with reading through the Bible in a year. I've done it a few times and have found it to be valuable experience every time.  There is a certain sense of accomplishment to check off the little boxes on the schedule, especially for me since To Do lists are important daily companions. But going low and slow in 2013 means that there's time to actually to savor the Scripture, rather than dashing through it to meet the appointed daily reading.  I've decided to read through a book in each section of the Bible for this year.  History, poetry, the Gospels, the Law, wisdom, epistles, and prophecy. Already a lot of pressure has been lifted.  There's time for the Spirit to speak, time to be still, and time to get to know the Author of the book.  His Word is like honey, a two-edge sword, flawless, beautiful, and alive.  Those striking descriptions are found in the pages of 66 books written over a span of over 1,600 years by 40+ people, who wrote as God inspired them. 

Here's your challenge: read the Bible every day in whatever way works for you. Try the low and slow method if you're feeling overwhelmed with the schedule or just want to slow down. Stay in one book all year if you want, read through the Gospels, or try the method above.  Get to know the Author who pursues you with love and redemption. His Word contains everything we need for living life well.

    All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.   It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.   II Timothy 3:16-17 NLT

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