DEAR ABBEY-

How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey. Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

 // Psalms 119:103-105 (NLT)

I remember, as a young girl, sitting with the Sunday newspaper reading the advice column and wondering what would compel a person to actually write in and confess their deepest woes to a newspaper, only to have some stranger offer them advice that would somehow magically change their circumstances. That was my thinking until I hit 22. I then began stumbling around this crazy world, trying to find someone to give me advice that I would need to succeed in this life -- the key to 'happily ever after.'

I love that I have access to the “ultimate advice column,” a love letter written to me and to all mankind: God’s Word. The Word is a living, active source of all truth. It is the only book that has the power, when we open it, to meet us exactly where we are. The best part of opening the Bible, as opposed to an advice column, is that it actually draws me closer to the whole reason of life, Jesus. It's through learning about His life and His character that I find myself changing. His words are sweeter than honey, even when they challenge me. He doesn't offer advice that will put a bandaid over my issues, but gives me the opportunity to study, learn and grow.

I know as we seek Him while reading, and allow Him to light our way, our path will be a wild and amazing adventure. Full of joy and peace that only comes from allowing the Spirit to guide us. The instruction, growth and freedom that comes from allowing the Word to transform us is not just for our personal benefit, but for our family and friends as well, and all of New York.

That's how I've learned to worship: to lay down the newspaper and others' advice, and instead go to the source of all truth, for only that will stand for all of eternity. Why should I settle for anything less?

//Amber Affleck