Reading the Bible in a Year...Or Not

Raise your hand if one of your New Year's resolutions was reading through the entire Bible this year. You got the plan and started off strong. But then a few days went by when life interrupted and you missed reading, and before you knew it, you were 20 chapters behind.

Been there, done that. 

I'm a perfectionist by nature, so it's really hard for me to admit that I can't meet a goal that I've set, but the older I get, the more I'm realizing that it's OK to reassess and change my approach if something's not working. I don't have the time or the energy to spend on the guilt of not keeping up, so this year, I'm taking a different approach. Instead of trying to read through the entire Bible in a year, I've committed to reading one chapter a day. It's simple and manageable, and most importantly, it works. 

I'm finding that slowing down and studying a bite-sized morsel each day is far more rewarding than cramming five chapters into my mornings. I'm able to meditate on the Word and allow it to soak into my soul in ways that I can't when I'm trying to keep up with an overly ambitious reading plan.

I'm not saying that reading through the Bible in year is an impossible task, but I AM saying that If you started out strong but find yourself waning as time goes by, you shouldn't be discouraged. It doesn't mean you've failed. It just means that it's time to adjust your plan. I'm glad I did!

Until next time, grace and peace.