Posts Tagged ‘Bible reading’

I got this in my email the other day and thought I’d share it with you……

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible.  His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do? ”

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.”

The boy did as he was told; even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, ‘You will have to move a little faster next time,’ and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the old wicker basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was ‘impossible to carry water in a basket,’ and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, ‘I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water.

You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough,’ and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, ‘See Papa, it’s useless!’

“So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.”
The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it was clean.

“Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.”

Moral of the wicker basket story: Take time to read a portion of God’s word each day; it will affect you for good even if you don’t retain a word.

Thought for Today: Gods Love is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings but not its end.

God is  more concerned about your heart than your brain.



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If you’ve been a reader of neverforsaked for any length of time, you know already that I am VERY goal oriented.  My philosophy is set a goal, (using the SMART Goals Method) break it down into small action steps,and accomplish your goal.  I’ve used goal setting for everything from starting my own business to getting daily tasks accomplished. 

I’ve been a Christian for many years, I grew up in a Christian home, but I’ve always struggled with Bible reading.  Church attendance, tithing, giving to missions, giving of my time and talents, praying-none of them have been struggles for me, they have been a natural part of my spiritual life for many years. 

I always have good intentions.  I start the year out and I read the Bible for a few days, I get busy and then I don’t pick it up for months except to go to Church.  I sit in Church and I think “I really want to read my Bible, I’m going to read it today” and then I get busy and it doesn’t happen.  I hear other people talk about what they read in the Bible and I think “I really want to start reading my Bible again.”  I’ve tried using bookmarks, Bible reading guides and even just reading one chapeter a day and I always end up with the same results.  I’ve prayed and asked God to give me the desire to read the Bible.  It’s not that I don’t have the desire, I really WANT to read it, it just seems like things just “come up” and it doesn’t get done. 

Then it dawned on me last week……Set a goal!  If you remember some of the principles from my post on “Setting Goals to Accomplish Things”   you’ll remember that if I’m making a goal out of something that isn’t currently in my schedule or routine, it has to be ‘attainable.”

That means that I’m not going to set a goal to read a book of the Bible every day.  I’m not going to set a goal to read the Bible every day this year.  Not only is that not attinable for me since I don’t do it now, but it’s also very overwhelming and discouraging because I know that if I set a goal to read my Bible every day, I’ll fall short of it and give up (again)  so following the principles of SMART goals, I set a goal to read the Bible just three times a week.  That gives me room so that if I miss a couple of days, I’m not overwhelmed.  It’s also attainable for me.  I know that most Christians are taught that they need to read the Bible EVERY day, and that’s true, but reading three days a week is so much better than what I’ve currently been reading it, and once I get the three days a week down, I can change my goal to four days a week, then five, six, and then to every day. 

See how small steps help you accomplish BIG goals?  Since I started with this goal last week, I’ve already read the book of Revelation, I’ve read through the New Testament about the Second Coming of Christ and I’m almost done with Romans.   WOW, that’s A LOT of Bible reading for someone who hasn’t been successful in this area in the past.  Now that I’ve set a goal, I look forward to spending time each evening reading a few chapters before I go to sleep.

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