So as an artistic individual, I have seen many of my Facebook friends or bloggers I follow join the “Bible Journaling Movement” and have been intrigued by the phenomenon. I have heard a lot of controversy on the issue in my personal life; mostly by the baby boomer generation. They feel like “doodling” in your Bible, the most sacred book in the world, is disrespectful. But is it disrespectful? Is it wrong to join “the movement?”
To see what it was about for myself, I bought a journaling Bible. I had been watching my friends post their creations for weeks and was falling in love with the idea. I like to get creative with things and so one night, after gathering up my colored pencils and a little courage, I decided to take the leap and drew my first creation in my Bible.
I found the whole experience to be awesome. Do you want to know why? Because not only was I “doodling” in my Bible, but I was reading a passage, meditating on it, thinking about how it applies to my life, and then creating an image that depicted what that passage means to me.
I feel like this new “movement” is an EXCELLENT way to get young people interested in the word. It allows them to express themselves, and yet, learn their Bible. If you’re a visual person like me, it also allows you to visually view what you just read and will more readily be able to regurgitate that information because I will see the picture in my head and know “Psalms 147:4 talks about how amazing God is and that he knows impossible-to-know things like how many stars are in the night sky.”
What is your opinion on Bible Journaling? Are you for or against “the movement?” Why?
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