Today, I had the privilege of writing a guest blog post for The Seed Company, an organization founded by Wycliffe Bible Translators to accelerate Bible translation all over the world. The Seed Company blog asked me the question, “How does reading the Bible help you live with flair?” Here’s my answer below, and check out The Seed Company to learn more about this great mission.
When I read God’s word, I learn how to see the world differently.
Suddenly, what’s boring becomes beautiful; what’s mundane becomes marvelous. When I read the world through the lens of my Bible, I’m filled with wonder. I’m on a treasure hunt to find the mysteries of God in acorns, injured cats, pancakes, or snowflakes.
For the past 10 months, I’ve been blogging at “Live with Flair.” It began with a challenge to find beauty, wonder, and spiritual truth every day. Even in the most common thing, I could find God’s truth and reflect upon it.
God’s word says I can, so I will.
I have to take seriously the argument in Psalm 19 that the heavens “declare the glory of God,” and that the skies “proclaim the work of his hands.” The psalmist claims that creation “pours forth speech” and can “reveal knowledge.”
What speech? What knowledge?
Just this morning, I read a quote from E. Stanley Jones that “all things have the stamp of Christ upon them,” and that His will is “wrought into their very structure.” As I turn to consider the book of Romans, I learn that “since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. . .”
Might I consider this pencil and think about the divine nature of the Creator? Might I make a cheese sandwich and understand the invisible qualities of an Almighty God?
Colossians tells me that “Christ is before all things and in Him all things hold together.” All things: pencils, cheese sandwiches, injured cats, snowflakes. I challenge myself to let God’s word interpret my environment. I’m on a mission to see into the structure of common objects and find the glory of God.
This process comes about through mystery. I find an object and ask a question about it. Why is it this way? How did it become this way? Soon, I’m in the presence of mystery, one step away from worship. As I uncover the wonder, I then turn and praise the Living God—Jesus—who created all things, even cheese sandwiches.
And that’s how I live with flair.
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While I have an active prayer life, I don't read the Book as much as I would like beyond the Daily Office selections. Thank you for reminding how the Bible can open my eyes and heart. I tried to live with some flair last night as I searched for the lunar eclipse; alas, we had overcast skies, though I saw on orange glow where I imagined the moon to be.