"Make your own Bible.
Select and collect all the words
and sentences that in all your readings
have been to you like the blast of a trumpet."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Having been very involved with church for good period of time, I've heard many church leaders claim that the word of God is only in the Bible and the Bible is the only word of God. I've heard many say that to take bits and pieces out for your own convenience is tantamount to blasphemy at the extreme and shortsightedness at the least of concerns. Some say, take it all or take none of it.
I, on the other hand, feel more like Ralph Waldo Emerson and that it is okay, and not only okay, but actually preferred and empowering to take what resonates with you and leave the rest. The only thing that I would add to that is that to take what resonates with you from any source would be in your best interests. Gather it all, enjoy the flavor, taste the spices, delight in the goodness, the texture and the sound of hearing your own voice say it.
Make your own collection. I know that I have and it has made all the difference. If I had to take the whole or none, I would take none.
I think the key is what "resonates with you." If something resonates with you that is a very powerful connection. It is the kind of connection that people sometimes spend their lives looking for and often fail to recognize it as it is. I do believe that the "secrets" of life are so much easier and more fundamental that we would have them appear. Simplicity is the focus and something that resonates with you is always going to be something so simple that you just didn't recognize it the first time or first few times around.
No Matter What, You Get To Choose Everything. If You Didn't Choose It, It Is Not You And Doesn't Mean Anything. Whatever Resonates Is What You Would Choose.
Spread Some Joy Today--Pay the most attention to that which resonates with you alone.