My desk is a mess right now! I’ve started working on several writing projects, which leaves piles of books and papers everywhere. If you add in my business items and anything the kids leave for me…well, you get the point.
During my writing time today I was taking notes in my Bible margins and notebook. It caused me to pause and think about how my view of writing and studying God’s Word has changed over the years. (The complete opposites of fearing to make a mark anywhere to colorful highlighting paired with in Bible note taking.)
What happened? Why one extreme to the other? I can say the closer I’ve come to God and valued what is in His Word, the more I’ve stopped treating it as a relic and marked it up like a textbook. (This is not criticism of those who don’t write in their Bibles, this is my personal experience.)
In college I was adamant on note taking and highlighting in my books, often because it was a key/tool for my learning. As a literature major, having all my insights in one place helped simplify paper or essay writing, as well as discussion. (Although, if I planned on selling a book back at the end of the semester I didn’t leave marks.)
I want that type of connection to God’s Word: remembering, applying, and referencing. Pause for a moment and consider your Bible. What does it look like? When does it make appearances in your routine? If it shows no signs of use, now is a great day to change it! Finally, take a moment to consider what you want to glean from Scripture. It is a helpful way to assess how you can best approach one of our greatest connecting points with our Heavenly Father. And, if you get bold, add a little color!
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 corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17