Three years ago, Rod Compton felt God’s instruction to change his morning routine.
Compton, pastor of Craig’s Calvary Baptist Church, said he decided to follow what he thought was a divine urge to spend the first part of each day writing down the inspiration he received from the study. personal Bible this morning and quiet time spent with the Lord.
“I have committed to writing a daily devotional every day and posting it on our church’s Facebook page,” Compton said Monday by phone. “I’ve been doing it since, and I’m in my third year now.
Collecting these devotions in volumes has produced enough content for several published books, the first of which came out recently.
“This first book is the first year,” Compton said. “The second-year book is being published, and the one I’m working on this year will be the third.”
Each book has its own theme. The one that’s out now is titled “Because God is Love: A Daily Walk in God’s Love” and it’s themed accordingly.
“He tells you every day how much God loves you and what he’s done for you,” Compton said. “All the things contained in the scriptures concerning his love”.
The next book will be “Because God Is Lord: A Daily Walk in the Lordship of God,” Compton said.
“It’s about walking with him in control and our devotion to him,” the pastor said. “And then this year, it’s ‘Because God is Life,’ and it was centered on the abundant life that we have in the Lord. Three years of work — I’m excited.
The experience of putting together the books’ content has been hugely rewarding for Compton, he said.
“It meant everything to me,” Compton said. “Because without him, without his love, I would have nothing, and no one else either. We would have things that are temporary and will fade, but that love is eternal, and it is unconditional. He loves you no matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been or how badly you’ve done or even what you think of yourself. He loves you, and because of that, we can follow him and give our lives to him. He loves us more than anyone has ever loved us.
The book, Compton said, travels through scripture that examines and discusses God’s love for mankind.
“Put things into perspective,” he said. “What does it mean? The fact that He who never sinned became all sin for us so that we could be right with God in Christ Jesus – He had nothing to do with all that, but that great love, He gave Himself up for us, took the pain of our sins and paid for them. There’s no greater love than that.”
Among the editing elements of the book that surprised him was the elevator. But, he said, it was more than worth it.
“I didn’t know how much work it would be,” Compton said. “I’m the type of person who, if I say I’m going to do something, I’ll do it, but being told it’s not always easy. I just told the Lord, in preparation for this first year, that I was committing myself each morning to spending time with Him and writing down what He had to say to me. I thought it would be so hard, but now, honestly, I can’t imagine not doing it. I don’t know if there’s a fourth book or a fifth book, but I know I’m not going to stop doing this.
Compton’s book is available on the websites of Amazon and Barnes and Noble, among other places where books are sold.