That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life...
Philippians 2:15-16a

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Testimony of a Bibleholic

Hi, my name is __________, and Im a Bibleholic. I have become completely addicted to reading my Bible every day.

My Bible reading habit started out innocently, years ago. I would just read the Bible socially, usually if I was out with friends on Sunday morning. At first I think I was only reading a little bit so that I would feel like I fit in with the crowd, but of course I kept at it and eventually got a taste for it myself. I could see others around me who didn't seem to need their Bible and could put it aside on a whim, but soon I realized that I could not stop by myself. I needed that Bible, more and more. Now I read the Bible daily, and usually alone.

On my “good” days, I wake up and reach for my Bible first thing. The day can't really start without getting in that first couple of verses; without that, I don't feel like I can function. On “bad” days, I go back to the Bible over and over and over. I have developed a 3- or 4-chapter a day habit, and at this rate I'll probably go through the whole thing in just a year – even as I write that, I have to be honest and admit that even that won't feel like “enough” and I'll still keep going back for more. I have my favorite Bible, of course, and I don't even hide it around the house anymore; it's right out in the open, I'm almost defiant about it. But I also have a couple secret stashes, including a small book of Psalms and the New Testament hidden away in my purse, just in case.

I've heard that the true mark of addiction is when you see your personality change because of the stuff, and I know that's happening to me. Seems like the more I read my Bible, the more different I get, and people who knew me years ago barely recognize my current behavior. I act different, I sound different, and I even look different. I don't have much interest in what seemed like fun back then, before I developed my Bible addiction. Seems like everything I want to do now, and any of the people that I want to spend time with, are all related to that Bible. Most of my old friends gave up and stopped calling a long time ago, when they realized I was going to put the Bible first over them.

Of course no one wants to be alone all the time, and I found myself deliberately choosing to spend my time with other people who are just as into their Bible as I was getting into mine. I guess we enable each other, because nobody is talking about quitting! And as long as I'm being completely honest here, I better admit that I have encouraged a lot of other people to read the Bible themselves. Even children. Yes, I have actually given Bibles to my own children, while they were still too young to really choose for themselves. And not watered-down versions, either – I gave my kids the full KJV, the real deal.

So this is how I'm living today, a full-blown Bibleholic. I know the trend today is to say everybody is a victim but I have to admit that I chose this, knowing full well what I was ultimately getting into. And I am not interested in any worldy “interventions” that might “cure” me of any of this. On the day I die and go to Heaven, I want everyone who knows me to say, “We knew this would happen – she just wouldn't put that Bible down.”

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jess, Wow! What an addiction! Bible-holic
    And the KJV at that! Can you imagine?

    My husband and I both loved this post. We too read our Bibles every day. 3-4- chapters. Sometimes more! And it is the KJV ~the only Book for me. It has always been the most precious book tome. When I was in high school I use to bring my Bible and read in Study Hall. We have one in the car, one in the truck, one in almost every room in the house. And to think ~ there are those in foreign countries that beg for a Bible. We are so blessed!

    I don't know how many times I have read my Bible through. Since my husband retired we read it together every morning. (We are on our 3rd year together) The most amazing thing about the Bible is ~ you find something brand new each time you read it. Most of my siblings think we am too narrow minded because we only read the KJV. Thanks for posting this. It began our day. Stop by again. Blessings!