I’m going to be honest, I am uncomfortable writing about this. I know I cannot be the only one who struggled with this, but I don’t like sharing this. I even put off writing this. I know, I know. Here’s my March Confession: I had a hard time getting into my Bible before the beginning of this year.
Okay, let me explain. My cherished Bible of my childhood got completely ruined by a water incident. It was very dear to me as it was my Grandma’s and it ruined me. All the handwritten notes from my Grandma with my own is something I could never recover. Nothing could save it. Shortly after, I was given a Bible from my church for my high school graduation. It was a different version than what I was use to and even though I knew it was the same text, it did not hit home with me.
The version of the Bible and I did not mesh – not the Bible and I.
I kept trying to read it in hopes it would click and it would hit home for me. Let’s say 3 years in trying and it never clicked. The beginning of the year and I knew I had to purchase a new Bible in the version I had before. It just had to happen. I wanted to get back into the Word and to be able to strengthen my faith again with Him. The Bible had to be step one to this process. That night I hopped onto Amazon and did some shopping. I consulted my sisters and made my choice. One Bible, a book, and a package of socks later, I had my life changing book on my way to me.
Choosing a Bible is like finding the right kind of fit. I knew what version I wanted, but had to pick a size, margin, style, and all the goodies. I received a new tiffany blue polka dot Bible made to journal in. Not only is it pretty, but the words started to hit home to me. I started to read in my new Bible and writing notes and lines that stuck out to me. I finally started to work my way back to where I wanted to be.
In a way, I like to think that He did not give up on me on my Bible reading. I felt lead to make the decision to get the new Bible and I am thankful I took the leap of faith. It has paid me back tenfold. I did not settle for a version of something that I knew I needed to change and I struggled with.
Here’s where it truly gets deep: Don’t settle for version one or two or even three.
No matter what it is in life, do not settle for a version that does not satisfy you or leave you empty. Whether you struggle with getting in your Bible like I did or you struggle with something entirely different, don’t settle. Version number three of my Bible journey has been the diamond in my life. Had I not had been willing to switch to version three, I would not be nearly as close to Him as I am now.
No matter what version you are on, it’s okay. Know that He will lead and guide you to the perfect version.