Probably the greatest impact this resolution has had on me after the first month is the way Scripture has been my fuel. Obviously, the impetus for this little project came from 2 Corinthians 5. But as the reality of Christ’s love gradually sinks into my heart, I’ve noticed that Scripture seems to take on a more prominent role. What I mean is that certain Scriptures have become my Scriptures through this past month. I’ve been taking in a good deal of Scripture, but more importantly, I’ve been living it and the ones I’ve lived naturally stick with me. May the love of Christ compel me, I’ll find myself thinking throughout the day. Or There is no fear in love. Or You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. Or Love is patient. That one’s been especially annoying so far. Today I stood in line for over 30 minutes at Wal-Mart (the moral of the story: don’t go grocery shopping on Super Bowl Sunday). The whole time, I had to keep saying to myself, love is patient, love is patient. I had the same circumstance last Friday at the post office waiting to mail off my passport paperwork. But I’m finding that these Scriptures are seeping into my life more and more every time I quote them. I’ve noticed how much more patient I am this past month, solely because I’m convinced that very often, this is the response that love requires in almost any circumstance.
So tonight I quietly give thanks for these Scriptures that are becoming my Scriptures. I’m hoping that this canon will continue to grow as the year progresses.