Diary of the Bible

Sidenote: These words are behind my dad’s bible. He didn’t write them, he inherited the Bible. I asked who wrote them once before, I do not remember now. I think it helps put things in perspective with respect to daily devotion. I also think it’s worth sharing to as many people as possible. Enjoy!

January: A busy time for me. Most of the family decided to read me through this year. They kept me busy for the first two weeks. They have forgotten me now.

February: My owner used me for a few minutes last week. He had been in an argument and was looking up some references.

March: Grandpa visited us. He kept me on his lap for an hour reading 1 Corinthians 13

April: I had one busy day. My owner was appointed leader of something and used me. I got to church services for the first time this year. Easter Sunday.

May: I have a few green stains on my pages. Had some early spring flowers pressed in me.

June: I look like a scrap book. They have stuffed me full of clippings from the newspaper. One of the girls got married.

July: They put me in a suitcase today. I guess we are off on a vacation. I wish I could stay at home, as I will have to stay in this thing for a month.

August: Still in the suitcase

September: Back home. In my old place. Have a lot of company. Two “true stories” and four “funny books” on top of me. I wish I could be read as much as they are.

October: They used me a little today. One of them is very sick. Right now I am shined and in the center of the table. I think the preacher is coming.

November: Back in my old place.

December: They are getting ready for Christmas, so I’ll be covered under wrapping paper and packages.

What would the diary of your Bible say?

Desired Things

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrman