by James Collins
“…but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.” 1 Samuel 9:27b
I am lonely for your company. For the past few years, you have promised to spend time with me. This year was no different. Why do you let others take your attention away from me?
Most resent being used, but I don’t. I want you to use me.
Use me and I will be many things to you.
When you are weary, I will be your strong staff.
When you sit in darkness, I will be your glorious light.
When you are hurting, I will ease your pain.
When you are discouraged, I will whisper messages of hope.
When you are carrying a burden, I will give you rest.
When you are confused, I will offer clear advice.
When the storms of life rage around you, I will be your anchor.
When you are alone, I will be your friend.
When you need knowledge, I will be your teacher.
When you are afraid, I will calm your soul.
When you are lost, I will help you find your way.
Take hold of me, I will keep you from stumbling.
Use me. I am crying out for you to use me. Use me and I will change your life. Use me and I will change the lives of those around you. Use me and I can change the world.
I am the Bible. Long ago, you put me away. Over and over, you have said that you were going to bring me back into your life. Around the beginning of each year, you come back to me. But in no time, something else has your focus and you neglect me. A day becomes a week. A week becomes a month. A month becomes a year. Until I am no longer really a part of your life.
The point is: I want you to use me. I’m only asking for a few minutes of your time each day. Start now. I am right where you left me.
Pick me up.
James Collins is pastor, columnist, and author. You can write to him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.