Those of you who catch a glimpse of me on twitter or facebook may have noticed my updates about reading the Bible in 90 days. I made a point to mention it every day to hold myself accountable, knowing that if I missed a day, one of you would say something. So yes, fear of man drove me to read the Bible some days, but in the end, good was served.
Today was day 90 and I finished as planned.
A few hours later, I decided to start again tomorrow morning. Same plan, same pace, same book, same place. Here’s why.
I love the Bible but there are still parts of it I am not doing. Seriously, emmersing myself in 10-20 chapters a day kept the message in front of me – even the parts I wasn’t reading. I found myself thinking about scripture more, and in the thinking about it, I found it harder to ignore. The Word was simply on my mind. It filled the cracks of my day that were usually filled with idle thoughts.
I need to read at a faster rate than I could possibly teach. Somewhere I heard Bill Johnson say that he never studies the Bible for sermon prep, but that his sermon prep comes out of his personal study. I wish I was that spiritual. I also wish I had his cool hair. Neither of those things are happening for me right now, and when I read slowly, I cannot resist the thoughts of ‘how would I teach this?’. I end up doing a constant reteaching in my mind, often missing the point for myself. The firehouse approach worked great.
Scripture came alive to me in the last three months. Even though I was reading so much more of it, my heart was more tender than ever before. By the time I got to Revelation, I was cheering “Your judgments are righteous and true! Bring it!” Reading steadily brought my heart into alignment with His words.
A lot of people asked me about the reading plan, so here’s the scoop.
- How long does it take? It depends on how fast you read. I read most days in 20-35 minutes.
- Where’s the plan? Go to YouVersion.com and sign up for an account (look for the link in the dark band at the top).
- Now what? Once you’ve got a log in, go to the tab labeled BIBLE and slide down to READING PLANS. There, you can choose from several. I used the 90 day plan.
- Any other tips? Daily, you can go to YouVersion, log in, and see your plans. If you’re using an iPad, iPhone, Blackberry or Android phone, download the free app from your app store – you can track your progress on your phone as well. I read the entire Bible on an iPad and knew exactly where to start every day.
You can choose your favorite version, even your font size…so what are you waiting for? You can do this.
I know you’re busy. I’ll put my busy up against yours, though.
Some of you wonder how you’ll find the time.
I didn’t find time as if there was spare time laying around, I fought for it and finally found it early in the morning before my regular life started. Maybe you’ll find it late at night after everyone goes to bed, but by all means, find it.
After 90 days, I’m not ready to quit. I’m starting over.
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