As 2019 faded into 2020, I began to realize (yet again) that my engagement with the scriptures wasn't where it should be. I mean, I read the Bible on most days, but I'm not as consistent as I should be - and the practice has become somewhat stale.
To remedy this, I thought about doing one of those "Read the Bible in a Year" programs. I've never done one before and - to be honest - it seemed a little daunting to even think about. The
whole Bible in a
year? Four to five chapters a day? I talked to Ari and the boys about it and we decided together that we would each read through the Bible this year.
On day one, I prayed this prayer: "Lord, help me to fall in love with your word again." And do you know what? After only a short amount of time, I'm enjoying engaging with and reading through the Bible more than I have in years. Truth is jumping off the page and I'm discovering things all over again. And another thing: I'm able to pull from my readings to help those around me. It's beautiful!
Do you know what else I've discovered? The reading plan I'm on goes through a couple sections of the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Psalms. I thought it would take me at least 30 minutes a day, but in reality it only takes about 15 minutes. That's it! Do you know how much time I spend on the Internet each day? On social media? Much more than 15 minutes.
There was my real problem ... I had a priority issue. Too many other things were more important than engaging with the Bible. Though I would NEVER have said that, my actions proved it was true. So I'm working to change that.
What about you? Will you not just read, but engage with, dig into, try to understand, wrestle with, and make the word of God a priority in your life?
On this journey with you!