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Texting seems to be all the rage these days. So much so, that there is now a thumb disorder recognized as being caused by excessive texting. There are even concerns that excessive texting could be a sign of mental illness. I have seen many who appear to be compulsive texters. I have seen videos of people walking and texting, then falling into a pond, walking into a wall, etc.

I have to admit – I just don’t get it. However, that might be because I didn’t even get a cell phone until I was 54 years old. Yes, I really was that old before I got one, and the only reason I did at that point was because I got a promotion which required me to be on call after hours. I’ve just never desired to have a cell. Perhaps it is because I am switchboard operator, answering phones for 8-12 hours a day!

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly people will grab their cells when they hear that familiar ‘ding,’ notifying them that someone just texted them.

However, there is a much better text to read than our cells! It is God’s Word. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that His Word is living and powerful. It’s sharper than a two-edged sword, having the power to pierce our soul and spirit. It can even discern our thoughts and the intents of our hearts.

While I have had some nice sentiments sent to me through texts, none of them are alive like God’s Word. None of them have the power to change my life! Now that is a powerful text!

Some of you may think, “I don’t want to read something which pierces my soul and spirit.” I want to be happy! Having allowed God’s Word to pierce me many times, I can testify that I have never regretted those moments. While they may have hurt at the time, they were for my betterment. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God doesn’t want to harm us, but to give us a hope and a future. He truly does have our best interest at heart.

Perhaps you are thinking, “I don’t want God searching the thought and intents of my heart!” Several weeks ago, I bought a new bible and started the process of transferring notes from the old bible to the new one. One evening as I sat down to work on that project, I wasn’t very far into it when the conviction of the Lord came upon me for something I was watching on television. My first thought was, “Ah man! I really like that show!” However, I knew I needed to give it up, and I can honestly say I do not regret having obeyed the Lord in this area. The fellowship has grown sweeter, my spirit has grown softer toward the things of the Lord, and I cannot wait to read His Word every day, just waiting to see what He wants to show me. There are such treasures in the Word. It never ceases to amaze me how I can find new insights when I make the time to read His Word.

So I challenge you to get into life-giving text: Your Bible! I promise – you won’t regret it!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller


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