My leg hurts. I suppose that’s a consequence of ramming it into the handle bars of a four-wheeler after an unsuccessful ramping attempt on a grass slope. You see, there was this 100 foot slope, 20 feet at the top and I took it at about 30 MPH. At the base of the slope there was a small ridge coming off a small ditch. I slowed down a little at I came to it but not enough. The four-wheeler went up and the front tires hit first. I flew forward and came close to flying over the handlebars. Luckily, I had my foot under the gear change switch and my hands tight on the handle bars.
As I flew forward, my foot caught on the gear switch and it clicked up as I let off the gas, that combined with the rapid incline change caused the motor to shut down. Still, I flew up and my thigh hit the handle bar painfully hard. So… I’m sitting in a car on the way to GA and my leg hurts. But pain is a useful trigger for memory and stupid should be remembered. Think about this: pain is a way for God to get us to remember. What if we feel pain as a way to remember. Think about it, you could faintly remember diving from a cliff with friends in to the river, but if you hit your leg on the cliff or cut your foot on a sharp rock, immediately that pain registers and pulls that memory to the forefront of your mind.
Pain isn’t always to teach us a lesson. Pain is to remind us of the lesson we’ve been taught. What better way to remember than because of how much it hurt to learn how to trust, how to wait, how to forgive?
Well, this is new and exciting in my life: I started a group on Facebook called “Bible Book Club”. The name is relatively self-explanatory, but basically it will operate like a normal book club. We will take a chapter of the Bible every Thursday, read it, discuss it, and then choose another to read for the next week. I’m hoping to build this and encourage and uplift other siblings in Christ through fellowship and study.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
That’s the goal: to inspire each other through godly fellowship and an understanding of God’s Word. It’s the greatest book ever written, so this should be the most profitable book club ever begun. But, it wasn’t my idea. Though I may lead it, I don’t accept credit for the idea. I was simply typing out a Facebook post about how we’ve lost sight of the Scriptures and how they were still relevant and important, tagging a picture I took of a Church Bible from the late 1800s. In the middle of my typing, my sentence turned as the spontaneous idea to form this book club sprang into my mind. My idea…? Perhaps. But, I didn’t think it on my own, I did not conceptualize it, I only received and related it into words.
I truly believe this is an idea from God that is directly for my benefit and that of those I care most about. I pray that this is helpful to those involved and inspires and encourages us all as we learn and grow in Christ.
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
–2 Timothy 2:15
This is our purpose. This is our goal. If you would join us, you can click here and become a part of this new and exciting opportunity! If you don’t have Facebook, I’ll be chronicling some of the discussion here on the blog every Friday and holding devotions on the selected passage every Thursday so that you can add your voice and your thoughts to the discussion as well. I love you all and pray God uses you in great and impactful ways to change your world.
As always, thanks for reading.
—the anonymous novelist