Mathematics and I have come a long way together. In elementary school we were good friends, however, the relationship soured throughout most of my years in high school. No matter how hard I tried, we could never get along. The "D's" and "F's" were frustrating and never looked good on my report card. I knew I needed a passing grade to further my education and gave it all I thought I could; needless to say I pulled it off. When it mattered most I was able to muster up a "B".
The summer appeared to go by quickly and it was almost time to face the "Math Monster" once more. Though I had planned for the worse God has a way of intervening when we need His help. On the first day of math class the professor walked in and with a reassuring voice he said, "I know many of you here are experiencing difficulties with the subject, however, over the next few months that will change." Hearing that I felt relaxed and became attentive. I was not sure how this man would change my relationship with the subject but if it means mending my friendship with an old friend, it was worth the time.
"It's not that hard to understand," he continued, "the thing is you do not spend enough time with it to understand it." "Where is he going with this?" I asked myself. Perplexed, I continued listening and observing. Who knows; he may be unto something! "If math was a lover you just met, you would want to know as much about him or her as you possible could. You would devote the time to the process because you had a purpose in mind. Find a purpose for doing math and treat it like a lover with whom you would love to spend as much time as you could and you will never fail the subject again." With that he began teaching and from that moment onward my relationship with Math also changed. I took the professor's advice. Math and I became 'lovers' from that moment onward. The "A's" followed and the relationship became stronger. I have never forgotten that professor and over the years have applied his words of advice to many aspects of my life including studying the bible.
There are many who claim the bible is difficult to understand though many translations exist. Like everything else in life, if your approach is incorrect, of course you will be turned off. My approach to Math was incorrect and I was setting myself up for failure without realizing it. The moment I changed my approach and attitude it became easier.
The bible was written and dedicated for our purpose. It was designed by an all-knowing God for the benefit of instruction for His children in how deal with every aspect of their lives. A thorough understanding of the word for the purpose of knowing about God is important if you are seeking the path to success. "You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life" (John 5:39-40). The claim is often made that the bible is irrelevant.
Though written centuries ago, it's lessons are still relevant today. In the book, Joseph's Memoirs: Life's Lessons for a Successful You, some of those topics are examined through Joseph's rise from slave to the second most powerful person in Egypt. It may come as a surprise to you, that what Joseph applied to his life to succeed is exactly the same being done by ALL successful people today.
Pray for Divine guidance before you begin reading the bible. Develop a purpose for wanting to understand the bible. Make the decision that you will create a positive change in your life immediately. Find the reason that will make you want to spend more time analyzing and understanding it. Write this time in on your schedule so it becomes a daily routine (remember, a plan not written is only a wish). Have a blessed week and as always "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)