Raking Leaves and Reading Scripture
Over the weekend, since the weather was in the 60s, my husband and I decided that it was time to rake up the leaves in our backyard, since we procrastinated doing it in the fall, and I was getting tired of the dog tracking leaves into the house.
Side note: Colorado's weather is absolutely beautiful and definitely not snowy most of the time, like everyone thinks, so you east coasters who are buried deep in the snow might want to consider coming out for a visit and maybe even moving here — we've been fasting and praying about the Lord bringing more brothers and sisters. You can't beat 300 days of sunshine and no humidity!
My husband had the job of blowing the leaves from the patio and mulch areas into the grass, and I had the job of raking the leaves from the grass. Since we waited so long, raking meant not just getting leaves up, but some grass, too. Now, the grassy part of my yard isn't that big, but it was harder than I anticipated. After raking for a few minutes, I looked at what I had left to do. It seemed like it was going to take me forever.
Even though I'd barely started, I began getting discouraged. Raking was not my idea of a fun, relaxing weekend activity. I wanted to enjoy the day and take the dog for a nice, long walk. So, I decided that instead of being overwhelmed with the whole yard, I'd think about doing the job in small sections. Do the one, and then move on to the next one, and eventually it all gets done.
While I was thinking this, I correlated it with reading scripture. My Bible has 1,566 pages in it. Thinking about ever reading the entire thing cover to cover is overwhelming. Two summers ago, the blog's Summer Reading Challenge was the entire Bible in three months. I tried but was unable to keep the pace.
This past summer, the reading program was to read the Book of Mormon cover to cover in three months, but that was less challenging since the Book of Mormon is a good deal shorter than the Bible, but it was challenging nonetheless.
But how about changing perspective?
Instead of thinking about how to get done reading the entire book, break it into sections. The sections don't even need to be books. Rather, it can be chapters. And if you are diligent, it will all get read. And regardless of how long it takes, God will bless you for putting forth the effort to read His word!
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