Day 10: What Bible was I reading?

Ok y’all: I promise that I did not get you to read this book to feel like we are all a terrible people. Really. I did not.

And I also promise that the story that is weaved into this book will change your life – at least it did mine.

Stay with me. Don’t get frustrated or feel like you are the worst person on the planet. We are ALL in this together.

Here’s what stuck out for me in today’s reading:

I’ve discovered there are more than two-thousand verses involving poverty, physical oppression and justice, and the redistribution of resources. Where had I been for my entire adult life? What Bible was I reading? How had I interpreted those passages as God’s intention to bless me a little more than I had already been blessed? [Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker pg 19]


Hey, here’s something crazy: In the Word, poverty, widows, hunger – these are not metaphors. There are billions of lambs that literally need to be fed. With food. [Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker pg 20]


Because the thing is, they are all saying the same thing, and I’ve been either a narcissistic moron or a blind fool my entire life because I managed to miss the point. For all my self-proclaimed love of God’s Word, what I really loved were the parts that worked for me. For my good. For my blessings. [Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker pg 20]


So what are the problems of the poor? [Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker pg 21]

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? – James 2: 14-16

What stood out to you? How are your thoughts changing? What are you looking at differently these days?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.



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8 thoughts on “Day 10: What Bible was I reading?

  1. I don’t think we are terrible people but I think we have taken way too many things for granted. The books we’ve been reading have all caused me to reflect on how I spend my time and my money. I’m finding deep joy in serving others like never before and rethinking creative ways to be a good steward with what God has entrusted to me. I’m motivated and enthused!


  2. Have to agree with Freida. It definitely has made me start to think about money and I am spending it and what needs to be changed. It has to do with a mind-set change. For so long, we’ve thought how can God bless us (as if we needed it!!), we need to think how can I bless others with what I’ve been blessed with…No, we are NOT terrible people, spoiled, yes, but not terrible…we just need an awakening! Happy Tuesday!


  3. I agree with these two wonderful ladies, I think we are beyond spind spoiled. I have started questioning where I am spending my money. If I hurry and pay off these bills, how can I bless others. This is a true eye opener for me. I have felt convicted to do more for others for a while, but I have ignored it. Or said we just don’t have the money. But truly God is showing me, how I can’t keep walking away. This is what he has called me for. I have leaned on others and now is my time to give back. He is even going to show me how! He is so good. Sometimes he just has to break us down a little more 🙂


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