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Resolute?

As stated earlier, much earlier, I’m not one big on making and keeping New Year’s resolutions. Especially the keeping part, I must admit.

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1985 was the year Howard Pope passed from this life. He taught me many things, one of which was through observing him reading God’s Word on numerous occasions.

The next new year after my maternal grandfather died, beginning my 20th year on the earth, I resolved to read the entire Bible, not in a year, but within 6 months. That was a year in my life when many things changed in dramatic fashion. New relationships came, and some relationships left. I tried, in vain I might add, to begin exercising regularly.

But my ability and resolve that year to read the Bible each day persevered. I recall sitting at the table in my college apartment at night while my 3 roommates (relationships that have survived the subsequent years, I happily add) went about their business, reading for often 30 or more minutes to digest the 10 chapters or more it would take to accomplish my six month goal.

I recall sitting at a small writing desk in my upstairs bedroom in Shreveport that summer as those final chapters in Revelation were completed on June 30. I prayed something as I closed The Book that day: I wish I could recall exactly what, but I know it involved calling on our God and Father to help me live a life consistent with what I had just finished reading.

The next day, July 1, I started reading it again. Sadly, my resolve and perseverance was not as strong then, and I don’t recall completing it again that year. That year, and sadly, any year following.

Which brings us to today. While I love God’s Word and read portions of it every day, I’ve not gone “cover to cover”, from “In the beginning, God created” to “The grace of our Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen” in over 28 years.

2014 was the year Dean Bingham passed from this life. He taught me many things, one of which was through observing him reading God’s Word on numerous occasions.

So, it is now January 2nd, and I’ve finished my two “assigned” readings both yesterday and today. And I must admit, I’ve had a new insight or two. While I do not resolve to share new insights each day, be they small or be they large, I do resolve to read and let the Word wash over me as it may each day. If I do glean something I’m moved enough to share, I will do so here.

The thoughts to come and be expressed here may be old and taken for granted by you.

Or, maybe not.

Either way, I’m looking forward to the mental journey ahead, and seeing what I pick up along the way. I hope someone encounters me from time
to time, both in the current day and in days yet unborn, Lord willing, along the way.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

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