I always have ideas running through my head. I’m constantly brainstorming and if you’ve ever talked to me you most likely have heard these words:
“Wouldn’t it be cool if…”
Thing is, I’m a starter, but not such a great finisher. I’ve heard it called being a ‘visionary’. Sounds much more romantic and spiritual than ‘lazy quitter’, don’tcha think? With that in mind, I would need accountability. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to be a finisher on this. Not just for myself, but for God, to show what He has done in me.
Here’s my idea:
Wouldn’t it be cool if… we could get a community together to hand write the Bible in hope of bringing awareness to Bible poverty??? I mean, think of it, people from all over joining together on behalf of millions of peoples around the world who don’t even have ONE WORD of the Bible translated into their own language! It would be like you were the scribe, living in the Word every day, painstakingly transcribing the precious words of Life to those in need. It would build such an understanding for what translators are doing and going through for the sake of others and the Kingdom!
Here’s my idea in a bullet point list:
1. Pray~Search your heart and ask the Lord and your spouse if you should take this time in life to commit to the task of handwriting the Bible. There are lots of good ideas, but take the time to ask them what they would have you be doing right now, and trustingly obey them. Ask the Lord to give you a passion and understanding for raising awareness of Bible poverty and that He would bless those who are on the front lines, and their families, making a difference for His name’s sake.
2. Commitment~At this point I’d like to keep it simple. I am personally taking time in the evenings before bed (I’m a night owl) to write a minimum of one chapter each night. I will be tweeting at least once a day something about this project to raise awareness for Bible poverty using these hashtags: #endBiblepoverty & #writetheWord. At the end of each week, I would like to share my progress and thoughts in a post with a link up. Probably on Saturday or Sunday.
3. Customize~With the aforementioned plan as your guideline, find what a good fit for you is to accomplish this goal. Maybe you can only squeeze in one chapter a week, that’s ok! The point is to just do something! This is for our personal, spiritual growth too. It’s a win/win situation where everybody gets to benefit!
4. Partner~Get a cheering section! Tell all your friends, family, neighbors and strangers about what you’re doing and why. Inspire them to help you stay focused on your commitment. Share the hope of Christ in you that has spurred you on to do this for Him!
5. Pray Again~Ask the Lord to give those of us who are on this journey His strength and faithfulness to complete this goal. We are in this together, so we must fight and wrestle together, for each other, to make it to the end. We can only do it through the Lord, pray He gives us His favor as we seek to do His good will.
6. Supplies~A Bible, any version; notebooks, any color/style; writing instrument, one that writes well. Keep in mind this is a HUGE undertaking and with such effort being put forth you may want to consider this as an ‘investment’ of sorts. I’m not going all expensive or anything, but I chose a nice pen, a decent notebook and my favorite Bible with the intention of using my best handwriting so my child, and grandchildren can see and read what I’ve written, it’s like making an heirloom.
Well? What do you think? Do you think it’ll work? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this crazy idea!
This is just the beginning. I need to pray about this and ask the Lord what He would like to do with this. As you may know by now, for me, it’s all about Him and that He receives the glory. As this idea unfolds, I will keep you up to date.
This all started at the Allume Social Conference (when it was Relevant) last year when I had the pleasure of spending many, many minutes talking to the wonderful people at OneVerse & The Seed Company. Check out the links, prepare to take action!
Soli Deo Gloria,