When I started Business School, I was amazed at how practical it was; I almost immediately put my education to use. Right away, I applied what I was learning to my work as a graduate assistant and even personally to do my taxes. I even utilized the First In, First Out (FIFO) accounting principle to my attendance at social events—nothing good comes from being the last to leave a college party (ha!).
My undergraduate school provided a well-rounded education, but it came to life when I applied what I was learning to my everyday life. The Bible is the same; the best translation of God's Word is when we apply it. The Bible transforms our beliefs into behavior. Over any degree I have earned, any company I have worked for, or any relationship I've had, I have learned by far my most valuable lessons from the Bible.
The Bible is extraordinary as it speaks personally into our lives and provides practical information and emotional strength when we need it most. No matter what I am reading, it highlights something personally going on and offers help— wisdom, correction, or hope for what I am facing.
The Bible is more than a guidebook to life; it leads us to Jesus, and His restoring love. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, "The Bible is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." As a lifelong lover of God's Word, I have found it the best therapy in the world. God's Word has been faithful in every season of my life. Our thinking may limit us, but we will never be limited by His.
If you haven't read the Bible, let this be a challenge. Find out for yourself about the best-selling and most influential Book in the world instead of listening to what others say about it. Read the Book that changed history and is translated into over 2,000 languages. Like my wise friend says, "God has a book out —read it."