All of None

All or None

March 21

PSALM 119:9-16

I still clearly remember the God-woven moment of my youth in which I realized that it was for me all or none of God’s word for all my life. It was either none of it true—a collection of weird stories and earthly wisdom— or else it is a living and powerful, mysterious and beautiful call that is richer, truer… and Jesus is more for me than I could possibly imagine.

Some weeks later I heard my pastor say, “Fill your heart and head with the word of God, and the lure of the world will lose its hold on you.” Three decades later, those words are still written on the inside-front binder of my Bible—marking a primary way God has formed, guided, encouraged, confronted, and steadied me over the years. How have you seen God’s word at work in forming you?

O Lord, how your word forms, shapes, and guides us. We release our hearts and minds to this—to be centered and steadied by you here. AMEN.

About the Author

Jim Lane  |  My greatest joy is my family—our children, Isaac, Rachel, Eli, and Moriah, and my wife and best friend of 26 years, Sara. I’ve been in ministry since way back—since I had hair—and currently serve as associate pastor at Hope Covenant Church in Chandler, Arizona. I’m blown away by grace, humbled by the chance to serve, and thankful for all things green and brown and mountainy and trail-ish. I’m fervent in my belief that formational practices are key in a world such as this to quieting our souls from all of the clamor—to hearing and connecting with God. I believe in the underseen being seen. I love to be with the fam and to run, hike, and camp. When I am not doing those things (even when I am doing those things!), I am loving good food, good friends, good music (don’t get me started), and authenticity.

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