Unique translation of Scripture

By Dave Henning / June 19, 2024

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do: your life is your sermon.  To take it a step further, your life is a unique translation of Scripture. . . .  You may be the only Bible some people will ever read.  So the question is: Are you a good translation?“- Mark Batterson

And [Jesus] said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of God.”- Matthew 18:3 (NIV)

In their Introduction (“Choose Adventure”) to A Trip around the Sun: Turning Your Everyday Life into the Adventure of a Lifetime, coauthors Mark Batterson and Richard (Dick) Foth both discuss what they associate with the word adventure.  Dick Foth defines adventure as lifeblood.  Because when God placed us here, He designed us for more than a safe ride.

Above all, Dick stresses, any part of life that offers, requires, or asks more of us presents an opportunity to grow more and dream more.  And discovery lies at the heart of it all.  So, in his lifetime, Dick has discovered that these things matter:

  • the best kind of loving occurs in the hard times.
  • focus on the want to — at the end of the day most folks do exactly what they want to.
  • all bets are off when we invite Jesus to guide us in the wilderness of life.

In conclusion, Mark adds, live in holy anticipation of what’s around the corner.  Adventure never happens by accident.  Instead, be intentional.  Therefore, Mark exhorts:

“The greatest adventures . . . are often right across the street, down the hall, or in the seat next to you. . . .  If you follow Jesus, adventure comes looking for you.  Jesus didn’t carry a cross to Calvary so we could live a halfway life.  He died so we could come alive in the truest and fullest sense of the word.”

Today’s question: How do you see your life as a unique translation of Scripture?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Spiritual astigmatism”

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