These days, I listen to audiobooks way more than I actually read. This year, I’m trying to read the entire Bible, and today, as I was going through my daily Bible reading, I thought to myself, “I wish I had an English narrator to read the Bible to me.”
I opened my smartphone and asked Google to “get British guy to read the Bible to me,” and lo and behold, five minutes later, a Brit was reading me Galatians.
It was near instant gratification! Amazing. I just love the age of technology that we live in. (Btw, Galatians is blowing my mind right now.)
What’s SO COOL is that I’ve discovered that THE BIBLE MAKES SO MUCH MORE SENSE AS AN AUDIOBOOK!
The story is so ALIVE! The audio has been so engaging and easy to understand that I am up late, unable to stop the passage to go to bed.
My British narrator guy is seriously awesome, and right now he’s reading the through Galatians like a narrator telling the end of a mystery novel when all the clues are being revealed for their meaning at the end—when the truth is being revealed.
In the book of Galatians, Paul is explaining to me all the complex logic of the centuries-long mystery, and I’m just going “AH-HA!” over and over again. I feel like he’s talking to me directly!
It’s thrilling! Exciting! He’s explaining to me about all the complex logic of the prophecies and the fulfillment of the law. He’s revealing the meaning within a meaning of all the metaphors and symbolisms.
All throughout the Old Testament there is so much foreshadowing and careful planning! And gosh, all the imagery, plus the intense emotion of being pursued through time by a loving grace-filled God (who is THE ultimate hero, the prince, the beloved in this love story)—well, the depth of this story is taking my breath away.
The complexity of this story line greater than that of Game of Thrones.
The logic is leagues beyond Sherlock.
And the protagonist is more worthy of falling in love with than any handsome heartthrob in a romance film.
This is unequivocally the best story every written or told!
If you know me personally and we’ve had decently-long conversation, then you probably know how particular I am. You know how intentional I am with what I say and do and even how I think. If I’m thinking something, I pick apart why I’m thinking it in order to evaluate if it’s a thought worth keeping around.
Is my self-talk productive, constructive, and edifying?
If you don’t know me personally, and if you’re not a Christian (and if you’ve even read this far), I want to challenge you not to be put off or offended by my faith. My excitement is not meant to be threaten you. This faith journey I’m on is so overwhelmingly beautiful that I’m just overflowing with joy and gratitude, and I can’t keep it to myself.
Growing up in the church, I’ve heard the Gospel called the “Good News” more times than I can count. The more I read the story and the more I learn and understand this story, the more incredible it becomes to me, and it truly is Good News!
I hope that the world around me is somehow brighter because Christ lives within me. I would like to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit within myself.
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.