Reading the Bible completely changed my life–and it can change yours, too.

Reading the Bible completely changed my life.

In high school, I was preoccupied–to put it lightly–with clothes. American Eagle Outfitters gladly took on the responsibility of crafting my wardrobe for me, and there were days when every single item of clothing on my body came from AEO.

It wasn’t just fashion, though. I loved comfort. Indulgent comfort. Resorts, buffets, video games, beaches–I enjoyed them now, and imagined how much more I could enjoy them in the future.

One of my favorite things to read was the Rich Dad series. I was going to make millions.

Then, I made a new year’s resolution for 2007: read the Bible for half an hour every day.

And I don’t know how, but I kept it, without missing a day, all the way up until about May. Sometimes I was half asleep–reading before I’d even stepped out of bed in the morning–and sometimes I was shut in the bathroom late at night so my roommate could sleep. But whether it was early morning or late night, somehow I kept this resolution better than any I’ve ever kept before or after, up until I went on orchestra tour and forgot my Bible.

Over that time, reading became a lot more engaging. Slowly, instead of checking the clock every five minutes, I’d find myself checking it only once, and sometimes not at all. Reading straight through from Genesis, the stories started to form a cohesive timeline, and I started catching references to earlier chapters and books.

And then, as I continued reading after May, getting into the New Testament and seeing even more things come together, I almost couldn’t contain myself. For the first time, I started to understand how these stories had practical implications for people. I started to cry. I started to realize that this Book is life.

This, in addition to a few other events from high school, did two things. It inspired me, and it destroyed my ability to be comfortable.

For the last nine years, I’ve been uncomfortable. Maybe I’ll write more about that later.

The point is,

“the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12

Reading the Word will completely change your life.

  • Danae C

    Hey Stephen,
    It’s been awhile since I have commented, but I wanted you to know that you inadvertently wrote this for me. Life is hardest for me in the “comfortable” times and I haven’t quite found my groove since Kenya – still praying about what’s next. I’ve been struggling with that relational connection, but have enjoyed seeing the Holy Spirit arrange for the right nudges to come along at just the right time. This week has been my nudges to figure out what works best for building my relationship with God in the times of “comfort”.
    I got the ASAP email about the Cambodia trip and it would be a dream come true to go back out in the field, but I am hoping for clarity of direction. Guess God is telling me it’s time to step up my side of the seeking relationship. Thank you for your well times post as it followed a weekend of nudges 🙂

    • Hey Danae!
      It’s good to hear from you! Snaaap, it would be so crazy if you came for the trip! I love showing friends around.
      But definitely pray about it, and everything else, and see what happens. It’s a big investment. And since you’ve already spent some time out in the field, just 10 days might be too short for you. It will go so fast.
      Peace to you as you keep thinking through things and praying.