Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

As I write this it is the first day for many of our children on their journey of growing in wisdom. Some were excited to get in the car or on the bus today and some well they could have just a few more days of summer, just a few. I pray that the weeks of summer pleasure has given their minds some rest and they are ready to get back into the groove of school and homework.

There is one book that I hope that we should never get tired of studying and learning from throughout our whole lives. It is the greatest love letter of all times: The greatest love letter! It is the Holy Bible, sixty-six books in one telling the story of God’s great love for humanity.

From Genesis to Revelation it is the continuous story of man’s relationship to God and how His plan for redemption unfolds. This incredible book provides great mystery and at the same time delivers truth penned under the inspiration of God by - if my memory serves me correctly - forty-four writers spanning more than 20 centuries of time. Though the writing of the Bible span thousands of years, it presents clearly to us God’s commands for successful living and it provides us with wisdom for every step of life’s journey. It is amazing how the truths written so long ago are as relevant today as they were the day they were recorded or spoken.

When was the last time we have really taken time to take to dig in and really study God’s Word? We might have done our devotionals every day, but when have we really dug into the Word? Busyness, travel, kids at home, extra work from our jobs can distract us. No matter the season, there are plenty of things that can keep us from studying, but an excuse is just that an excuse.

It is time to get into the Word. I encourage all of us to take some time and get back into a routine of studying the Word of God. If you must schedule that time into your calendar so it can become routine, do it. In doing so, I know that you will experience a fresh blessing from the Lord. If you do not have a group that you study the Word with find one or start one, it is amazing not only the blessings that come your way but the fun and fellowship of others on this journey.

So, what are we waiting for? It’s time to study! Lord, we know that your Word is a source of wisdom and strength. Please do not let any of us be so unwise to think that we know enough of it. Let us never, ever neglect the studying of your Word. May we never stop loving the study of your Word. May each day in God’s Word be a new adventure.

Rev. George E. Odell is Lead Pastor, Clinton-First United Methodist Church