January 2014 – I decided to undertake a challenge I’ve done many a time, but pursue it in a different manner – read through the Bible in one year using a chronological method.
Growing up with an emphasis on Scripture, I’ve read and memorized Scripture a multitude of times. It’s in my head – though paraphrased by me – whenever I need it. It’s the foundation to my faith, which is why I chose to work with a mission organization whose emphasis is on translating Scripture. How does one come to know Christ without being able to read His letter to us? It’s the starting point to giving people an option to step into the world known as the Christian Faith.
Honestly, as I write (and many times before), I wish I had some how documented how many times I’ve read through the Bible.
Sometimes I’ve felt guilty that I didn’t stick with it and complete the plan in one year; that I didn’t read every day and would take days (weeks!) off. One would think with how rough the last year has been I would have been in the Word more often than I have been.
Well, I truly believe that we have season and sometimes the tools we pull out aren’t the ones we use regularly, but the ones we need most. For me, I could read but it just went in one ear and out the other. So I did a lot of light devotionals, prayer, and listened to music instead.
But, TODAY WAS THE DAY! On the last day, of the ninth month, of the year of our Lord 2015, I read the book of Revelation and completed a one-turned-into-almost-two year reading plan.
So for those of you who struggle with regularity in reading, in following plans, etc…don’t worry. God knows you and He’s given you a toolbox full of spiritual disciplines to help you through each season. (Read this book if you want to learn more about that theory – Christianity for the rest of us who don’t like rules and regulations.)
For those who want to know what I use to help me stick to a plan, check out www.YouVersion.com. Awesome app!