Headlines and catch phrases are used to get our attention. Paul Harvey, a well-known Chicago radio broadcaster, was the master of catch phrases. His most memorable to me was “and now for the rest of the story.” Every week day Paul Harvey had a story about something that would not necessarily make the news. But it was not just the story, but the way he presented it that made me want to wait for the rest of the story.
I use social media and Internet for my daily news intake. Headlines only tell so much of a story, such as “Baby abandoned near highway was left with ID, $5K in cash .” Who wouldn’t want to open this story and read it. And then there is scripture in which we often need to dig deeper to figure out what is being said, like when Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life.”
If we only read one verse in the Bible at a time, we will never get to know the good news of the Gospel. Opening the book and trying to read it like a novel may be confusing without help. That’s why there are many translations of the Bible to pick from. I use several, but fall back to “The Message” because it is written in language I relate to best.
Lord, help us hunger for your word and then share it with others. Amen.