Jay's eDevotionals  

May 6

The Best Gift for Grads, Moms, Dads, Sisters and Lads

The ultimate source for truth and guidance is God's living Word: "Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path...Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in Heaven...Provide for me, O Lord, according to Thy Word...How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy Word; Thy Word I have hidden in my heart that I may not sin against Thee...Thy testimonies are my delight. They are my counselors...Strengthen me according to Thy Word. Establish my footsteps in Thy Word and do not let any iniquity have dominion over me...The sum of Thy Word is truth." (Psalm 119)

Over the years, I have given Mary Ruth and all of our children a marked copy of the Life Application Study Bible (NIV). Let me recommend this supremely practical gift-giving option for everyone-and especially as a gift for graduates who stand at life's crossroads as they are in deep need of God's guiding and protective Truth. For instance, when my son, Jason, was preparing to go to college, I purchased a Life Application Study Bible (NIV version) and I spent several months marking passages for him from Genesis to Revelation. I wrote notes in the margins and envisioned him reading from this Bible in the years to come and finding God's guidance along with notes from his father's hand and heart. 

Most gifts can be classified as temporary; but, there is one gift which is timely yet timeless because it is the treasure of God's Word which helps transform you into the image of Christ.  Remember that only two things last forever-your eternal soul and the Word of God. Jesus revealed, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but the smallest letter and stroke will not pass away from the law until all is accomplished." (Matthew 5:17) So, I want to encourage you to give the gift that keeps on giving FOREVER! The process of marking the Bible will be a blessing to the giver and a motivator to the recipient to be a life-long student of God's timeless, timely, and transforming truth!

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