Monday, July 12, 2010

Day 8 of 90: Pity Party

Okay, raise your hand if you find it hard to read Leviticus. Anyone? Anyone? Wow, I must be the only one.
I have to admit that my mind wandered a bit here. I think part of it is that I just did B90 in January, so it's more fresh. Well, okay, it's more that I know that I just read it so it's like I want to skim. I'm working hard at not doing that. But I am not there completely yet.

But here's what I've been thinking about the last couple of days. I'm such a spoiled brat. Really. I've been having a pity party all by myself. I've been hearing so many that are on this journey with me talk about having a Kindle or a Nook, or downloading the Bible on their phone. And I don't have any of those neat gadgets. And I loves me some gadgets. But I can't afford to buy any. I really, really, drooling down my chin really, want an iPhone or blackberry or anything that is a phone that I can also get online with. Ooooh, I dream about it. And even though I am at home most of the time, the couple of times I have left the house since we started reading B90, I've thought how nice it would be to have something that had the Bible loaded on it, something small, and easy to hold. I have been coveting like crazy.

And it hit me, that's breaking a commandment. I just read about that. D'oh. And I'm feeling so sorry for myself. And it's not a pretty sight.

Then yesterday morning, I was in the bathroom, where I keep a Bible, and I read a chapter. Then I went into my room and picked up a different Bible and read another chapter. Then I meandered into the kitchen. I didn't feel like walking all the way back to my bedroom to get my Bible so I just got my son's Bible that was on the shelf with all our homeschool books. And then, even later, I went to church where, in case I forgot mine, there were plenty of Bibles for me to read. And when I came home, I was able to get online and read some different versions on BibleGateway.
And there is not one thing special about that. Not one. I'll bet no one reading is amazed by what I just wrote.
Wow. I am totally spoiled. I can touch a Bible within a minute, at any point in the day. Here I've been whining about not having a Bible downloaded on some electronic device and I have several Bibles that I own, that I can read whenever I want.
And yet, there are people all over this world that can't do that. There are even places where it is against the law to own a Bible.

So, please forgive me for being selfish. I've prayed about it and know I'm forgiven, but I want to do more. I need to find somewhere I can donate some of the old Bibles we have in our house that we don't use anymore. I would also like to find a place I can make a donation that gets Bibles into the hands of those without. So, anyone know of a reputable charity?

7 comments:

Andrea said...

Thank you for the reminder of how blessed we are Lisa!

Kara said...

Great post! You are SO right...we take our free access to the Bible for granted. I've been reading a lot about the Reformation lately and it's reminded me that many died so that I could have that privilege. As far as a good place to support, we like http://www.wycliffe.org/. Their mission is to translate the Bible into languages that have never had it available.

Kacie said...

Great post! And yes, Leviticus gave me trouble!

I think having a Bible in every room is a great idea, so you can just pick up where you left off (so you can remember).

I wanted an iPhone but I didn't want the monthly expense of one. Because that's a LOT more than what we pay for cell phones right now!

So I got a used iPod Touch on eBay. It uses wi-fi so I don't have internet everywhere, but I have it in a lot of places.

I have the Bible app on there and it's really handy.

Just wanted to tell you about that option, if you wanted to budget for an iPhone-like gadget without going to a full-on phone!

Missie said...

Leviticus was hard for me too... you are not alone!
I do have a Blackberry, but from this side of the fence, I really like reading from my Bible. I love the feel, being able to write and highlight, just knowing it is phyiscal in my hands!

~Amy~ said...

You are so right in that we need to be more thankful about having the freedom to own a Bible let alone be able to read it! We, as Christians, take a huge advantage of that!
I wish I knew of an organization that took Bibles. Did you try googling it? When and if you find one, let me know! I would love to do the same!

Nanna said...

yes we do take for granted the simplest things,having asscess to the computer is great & I use it often LOl but like Missie said it's something about holding that bible in your hand with your favorite highlighter LOL
Helen

jenb said...

Just want you to know that in the Philippines...Bible will cost a week's salary. Not every house has a Bible here.

So yeah - you are blessed with so many Bibles. :)