Spiritual Practice

What If . . .

Marcy Kennedy

An email from a  friend asked this question: What if you treated your Bible more like a cell phone? I wondered, Would it make a difference? I decided to take one month to find out.

The first difference I noticed was that I took my cell phone with me everywhere, but not my Bible. To be honest in my experiment, I knew I would have to start taking my Bible everywhere, the way the Israelites did when they tied scripture verses to their arms and their foreheads (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).

I discovered quickly that size matters. I have a slim flip phone; but after carrying around my clunky study Bible, I switched to a more compact version that I could slip easily into my coat pocket or purse.

Seek and read from the book of the Lord.
Isaiah 34:16a (NRSV)

Since my Bible was with me, I read it more often. When I had a few minutes between classes or while I waited in the dentist’s office, I read scripture instead of checking for text messages. I felt great spending time with God during the day; and when people asked what I was reading, I had the opportunity to talk with them about God. My thirty-day experiment convinced me to continue to treat my Bible more like my cell phone.


CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? How would your life change if you treated your Bible as you do your cell phone? Take thirty days to find out.

—from devozine (March/April 2008). Copyright © 2008 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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