I have a confession to make… I don’t read the Bible everyday. I used to feel guilty if I didn’t read the Bible on a daily basis, but after having conversations with Papa I was released from that guilt.
Some people may not think it’s a very “Christian” way to live. However, let me release you from the religious beliefs and “rules” of having to read the Bible on a daily basis. I realized that the times I read the Bible out of obligation didn’t help me. If anything, it made me resent having to read the Bible. Instead of feeling like I have to read the Bible on a daily basis, I sit down and read when I’m not feeling obligated. I have realized that by doing this I am getting more out of the Bible and am thoroughly enjoying it. Not only that, I’m actually reading it more now than I did when I felt obligated.
You see, when I am doing something out of obligation, I’m not really learning anything, or I’m not trying to understand what the writer was really saying. I’m just reading to be able to check the box at the end of the day. I don’t want to just check a box, I want to read and receive and put into practice.
In the past few weeks I have realized how much I actually think about the Bible, and the different verses that I have memorized, or that I am currently reading. I have been mediating on the Word, without always picking up a Bible.
I don’t want my relationship with Papa, Jesus, and Holy Spirit to be based on rules or obligations. I want my relationship to be an authentic one that I am not having out of obligations, but out of the desire of learning more about who each one is to me.
Now, there are some people who read the Bible on a daily basis out of a desire, and I know that there have been times in my life that I have been that person… but I also know that Papa knows my heart, and He doesn’t love me less now because I don’t read the Bible on a daily basis.
So be released from the guilt that you may be carrying around with you… if you feel like you should tell someone, comment below or message me. I’d love to hear from you. I’d also love to hear about your favorite place to read the Bible.
Let’s live authentically together!