Eugene Peterson may be one of the most gifted writers of our time. His paraphrase of the Bible, The Message, is one of my favorite reads when I need some inspiration. It’s the Bible, but translated with a fresh language that reminds me this Book of all Books is true literature.
Today I needed some encouragement…something to help me get through the day…something besides a Mountain Dew at lunch. (Seriously, I tried it and it really didn’t work.) Dan and I talked at lunch about how much we need to bring more discipline into our everyday lives. Part of that means learning to look to God for comfort instead of to sugar or fried goodness.
Nothing especially trying is going on in my life (except maybe Chemistry – could that be considered a trial?), but, still, it is just a day that needs SOMETHING. : )
So, I decided to try Dan’s idea and went straight to BibleGateway.com after lunch. I typed in “encouragement” and clicked the drop-down menu to put it in The Message version. Here it is, folks, in all its simple beauty:
3-6That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!
Drink it up, friends! That is the washing of the Word!