I do a LOT of reading in my work–some for pleasure, some for research, some to learn, some for personal development. But nothing is as important as the daily reading I do in the Bible. For one thing, it helps me discern Truth from a platitude.
I had a professor in my community college who once told our class that “God helps those who help themselves” was in the Bible. Because we were good friends, I caught him after class and said “Sorry, but that’s not Scripture.” He couldn’t believe it, but I told him I’d eat my words if he could find it in there. He couldn’t.
A couple of years ago I challenged my blog readers to read the Bible through with me in 90 days. Any of you remember that? It was a lot of reading, but it was a great challenge. After that, I decided to read the Bible through in TWO years, a slower and more reflective pace. Now that’s done, so for 2009 I want to read the Bible through again.
So–who wants to join me? I got a new Bible for Christmas (I like doing it with a fresh copy dedicated just to this project), so I’ll be jumping in on January 1. You can, if you like, get a special “one year” Bible with the sections marked. One year I read the Bible through in the Chronological Bible, which gives you the texts as they happened on a timeline of history–fascinating!
My new Bible (The NLT study Bible) has daily passages marked, plus some background reading, so I think it’s going to take a couple of years to get through it all. But that’s okay. As long as we’re moving forward . . .
But however you choose to do it, if you want to join me, let me know! It’s a great way to begin your day each morning.