The Blonde and I shop online at Vineyard Vines. They sell preppy styled clothes and most of their clothing has their logo on it, a little cartoon type whale (it’s goofy but I like it).
We get a text message when the order is out for delivery that says, “Get excited, your order is on its way!” Also, every time you order they send a little whale sticker in your package. I know it’s silly but I do get excited. Not only for the package (I love getting mail and any kind of delivery) but as a friend of mine says, “It’s the little things in life that matter.” That whale sticker is going on my computer or my ice chest and while that’s a small thing it makes this old, tired, too often, too cynical of a pastor happy.
Vineyard Vines also has a slogan, they use the hashtag, #EDSFTG which stands for Every Day Should Feel This Good. I think the idea is that every day you sport a shirt, dress, bow tie or pair of shorts with a whale on it it’s a good day! I agree and like they say, “It is better to look good than to feel good.” Right!
I took you the long way around the barn but here’s my point. I feel like the Bible is a great gift, a great delivery given to us by God Himself and we should be excited every day, every day feels good as I get in Scripture. The Apostle Paul told a middle aged, youngish preacher named Timothy that the Word is, “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the …” people “… of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (II Timothy 3:16 & 17).
It seems like the church has an abstract theology concerning Scripture, like we know it’s real, yada, yada, yada - but … kind of like watching a docu-drama, it happened, blah, blah, blah - but … I don’t know if that makes sense? What I’m saying is this is real stuff, these are real people we read about and God is very much real. The wisdom it dispenses for God’s people, the promises that we should know so as we sing, we can “stand on those promises” are essential to an effectual Christian life.
Earlier in 2nd Timothy 3:16 it says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God …” If we believed that precept then every time we opened our Bibles we would expect and anticipate hearing the voice of the Lord speaking very specifically to us. Not only that but I would think that we would be in our Bibles more often?! Maybe I’m wrong, I’ve been wrong already this year (ha)?
Go ahead and crack open that book and see if you are not blessed as you read it with excitement - as you hear the voice of the Lord sharing with you His plan for your life. #EDSFTG. He told me to tell you that.