October 25, 2019

Rerun from 2017

When I finally finished defending my doctoral work, I was so glad that pain in the tukus was over that I wanted the doctoral chevrons tattooed on my arms. But Shannon wasn’t thrilled with the tattoo thing, so instead, we opted for a new clerical robe with doctoral chevrons on the sleeves.

I ordered the robe, and of course, when it arrived, it was too long. This was very frustrating because I had made sure the manufacturer knew exactly what length I needed. Unfortunately, they somehow believed I was related to Andre the Giant.

Instead of going through the hassle of sending the robe back to the manufacturer, I asked a very gifted seamstress in the church if she could make the necessary alterations. Pat graciously said she’d be glad to do it.

In no time at all, Pat was able to fix what the manufacturer had messed up.

Yesterday, Pat and I had a conversation about the Bible and her sewing machine.

She told me that if she ignored the instructions on how to thread her sewing machine, it would not work properly. Then she said it was the same with the Bible. If she ignored the way the Bible told her to live her life, it would not work properly. I think she’s right.

Paul, an old seasoned pastor, told Timothy, a very young inexperienced pastor, about the power of scripture. He said, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Or as someone once told me, “The BIBLE stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.”

If you want to enrich your life and be the person God intends for you to be, then start reading the Bible. Make it a part of your day. You will be glad you did. I promise.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, give me the desire to know you by reading your book. Help me draw closer to you. Fill me with wonder and awe as I see all that you have done for me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reading the Bible will increase your knowledge of God, give you a sense of peace, and most importantly, give you the guidance to live in accordance with God’s will. It’s one addiction worth having.

Just for the record, when Amanda finished proofing this devotional, I said, “It’s not my best.” She replied, “It’s definitely not your worst.” It’s good to have such a supportive staff.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins