I bought this book last summer, along with about fifteen other books, during a great online sale at Barnes & Noble. It’s small, so I dropped it into my laptop bag (which houses my laptop used for work) and thought it would be great lunchtime reading. You guessed it: I’ve never opened the cover until a few days ago.
Each “inspiration” is a 2-page spread, beginning with a scripture reference (which is good, so I can read more in the Bible.) The first day, I opened the book to find an inspiration titled “Be On The Lookout For Miracles.” Luke 19:37 was referenced:
As they reached the place where the road started down from the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.
I found this a bit amusing because I recently wrote about miracles, so you know I believe in them and search for them like constellations in the city sky. (I find more miracles than constellations, in case you were wondering.)
On day 2, I flipped the page to find “Adjust Your Priorities” and a reference to Matthew 6:33:
[Jesus said,] Put God’s kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all of those things will also be given to you.
I laughed (am I supposed to laugh at words of inspiration?) because I’ve been writing recently about life’s demands eroding away my writing time. The message was to seek God’s presence for the strength to face each day. A part of me wondered if it was possible that I’m not supposed to be writing. I hope not, because I enjoy writing. (If my computer is destroyed by spontaneous combustion, I’ll take that as I sign I should be doing something else.)
It was a little eerie to have the first two days be so relevant, so I scanned the topics for the next couple days: Let Go Of Self (they pose the question, “what have you done lately for someone other than yourself?”) and Give Up Your Grudges (with the question, “whom do you need to forgive today? Do it.”)
I think God is trying to tell me to get over being mad about the empty toilet paper holder and to go replace the cardboard cylinder with a new roll.
Have you found any books of inspiration that have meshed with your life?