Challenge: Read the Bible everyday.
Though I hate to say it, this is not something that I’m doing every single day. I read it often, but there’s plenty of room for improvement. So to help my chances, I went to Bible Gateway (an online Bible with many versions and translations), and I signed up for daily scripture readings. Ahhhhh, the power of the Internet.
Now all I have to do is check and read my email everyday, and that might be the real root of the challenge! Maybe it’s time that I invest in a new pocket Bible too.
My pastor spoke to the whole church staff today and confessed (as he also did this past Sunday in front of the whole congregation) about his recent bout against complaining and grumbling. He said that he has generally been a joyful guy, quick to praise, and slow to complain. However, he said that as of late, he’s noticed some of that contentedness has been replaced by grumbling. This is the thing that he would like to focus on giving up to God, hoping that our Lord will help turn this attitude around before 2012 is over.
Since then, I did a quick search on Bible Gateway typing in “grumbl” (to include past, present, and future tense). I found it striking that nearly all of the results fell into two categories:
- The Israelites complaining against Moses while wandering through the desert
- The Pharisees complaining against Jesus’ works or Jesus telling the Pharisees not to grumble
I find it ironic that the top complainers seem to do so while God is showing Himself mightily. When God is working great wonders, we seem to find the nerve to complain with a renewed intensity.
God has been doing mighty things in my heart these past months. This is fantastic news, but it also worries me because I’ve been doing some complaining to God throughout. In other words, I’m just like the wandering Hebrews and the ancient Pharisees! Now that I’ve recognized this, hopefully I can do some changing myself. With God’s help, I’d like to turn this around in the near future.
“Lord, give me the humility to repent and the courage to change!” Amen.