Even something as meaningful and important as Bible study and meditation time can become routine. I’m one of those people that loves to do the same things in the same way all the time. But I also know that unless I shake things up on occasion, I’m little more than an automaton. Reading and meditating on Scripture should be a time of spiritual refreshment.
I’ve used the same basic Bible reading schedule for a few years now – reading thirty pages a day, sometimes twenty pages in the Old Testament and ten pages in the New Testament, or thirty pages straight through. I note my thoughts, and write down cross references. I’m not bored with it, but I have recently found myself allowing my eyes to scan the page while my brain makes the grocery list, goes over my morning chore chart, or wonders if I remembered to take a book back to the library.
I saw a Facebook post of a friend with the tag #writetheword, and wondered what it was all about. Turns out, Write the Word began as a personal journaling practice of Traci at I’ll Take Tea, and is now an organized effort to “encourage people in their personal, spiritual growth and to bring awareness of the need for Bible translation in the world by handwriting the Bible.”
I knew this was what I needed to slow myself down in the morning and focus on Scripture. Of course, I had to go to Half Price Books and get a new journal. Something about having a book dedicated to the task helps with focus and consistency. So I started this week, and beginning at the beginning, I copy Scripture for about 30 minutes every morning. The much slower pace of reading and copying helps with meditating on the verses, and on each word. It’s the refreshing that I needed.
It also serves the purpose described- it gives me an appreciation for all the thousands of years that the Word of God was faithfully copied, and continues to be coped and translated around the world by dedicated men and women who want to see the Gospel in the hands of those who need it.
Thanks, Traci, for sharing your vision with others! Check out the #WritetheWord Community on Facebook.