I have a custom. Well, I’ve been doing it for four years, so…is that a custom? Tradition? A habit is 21 times, right? So this is definitely not a habit.
Anyway, my custom is this: every November I choose a brand spankin’ new Bible with which to ring in the new year. Oh, goodness, I can hear the cries of outrage now: “But I could NEVER replace my dear, beloved Bible!” And I used to agree with you so I totally know your reasons:
- Your pages are highlighted.
- You’ve gotten acquainted with the lay-of-the-land and it would be hard to start with a totally blank canvass.
- How would you ever FIND anything in a brand new Bible?
- You love the Precious Moments bride and groom on the front cover.
- Switching to a new Bible would be unfaithfulness on the scale of switching to a new mom just because you like her ravioli better.
I know, I totally know. I was there, too. I had the same wonderful, faithful Bible for 15 years. It was dog-eared and marked and mushed and penciled and….loved. But then I discovered that I wasn’t reading my Bible every day, I was reading what I had already read. The previous highlighting I had done made me feel like I had already “been there, read that”, and was keeping me from reading with fresh vision.
So, I bought a whole new Bible. I picked the one that looked the coolest to me. It arrived on December 6 and I couldn’t wait even one day before breaking it in. And I hated it. I really did. It was new and unfamiliar…like visiting the grandma you love in the hospital you hate. It was icky. But I knew I wanted fresh and I was out of money to spend on new Bibles, so I kept at it.
Fast forward one year and it was time to pick the new Bible and I felt like I couldn’t…possibly…part…with that wonderful, beautiful, perfect-for-me Bible.
Bottom line: I LOVE this system. I love starting with a fresh Bible and a fresh tranlsation every single December (that’s my Bible fiscal year!) And so, after much shopping and agonizing and researching…here is the Bible I’m going to be forming an intimate relationship with come December 2000 (ooo..I have goose bumps right now!):
Yep. The ESV Study Bible in “cordovan” (that was the name of one of my dad’s shoe polish colors) and black. Beautiful. The ESV Study Bible is relatively new and highly respected. Please feast your eyes on the number of study notes included with just the FIRST verse of Genesis:
Oh goodness. Be still my little theology-loving heart.
It’s been good for me to get really familiar with the nuances of different translations – so far, I’ve read the NKJV, the Message, the Amplified – and this is my second go-round with ESV. I often hear the question: what do you do with all those Bibles?” Answer: I still use them. I have my Bibles all stacked up next to my chair and I cross reference all the time. But the other answer is: I’m saving them for my kids and grandkids. Seriously, I have Bibles picked out for each kid to get when I die and I sometimes end my quiet time by writing a little note to him/her on the inside cover or the first blank pages. I can’t think of any way I’d rather have them remember me.
My question for you is: How long have you had your Bible and do you think you would ever be able to switch to a new one? No right or wrong answer…just curious as to how we all roll.
Loving His Word and His words,