At the beginning of the year, I joined with a group of people from Westbrook in a Bible reading plan. We are following a plan that if done right would take us through the Bible in one year. It’s a fantastic plan and a fantastic goal. The problem, however, is that I’m not going to make it. I’m very behind in my reading and will now finish sometime in January.
Instead of panicking about being behind in my reading plan, I’m choosing not to worry about it any more. When I was only a few days behind I was able to pick up the slack over the course of a few days and catch up. Then I began doing worse and worse and now I’ve basically given up on catching up.
What I’m doing instead is giving myself grace and continuing to read my Bible one day at a time. I’ve never been very good about reading my Bible on a regular basis and this plan has helped me read more regularly. The problem is that it has also caused me to read large chunks of the Bible in one sitting. While this may seem like a good thing, I have found that it is causing me to read with the goal of reading the Bible in a year and not reading the Bible in order to let it change me.
Reading the Bible in a year is an admirable goal, but the thing is nobody said that it had to be read in a year. Reading the Bible should be a lifelong endeavor like following Jesus. It’s not something that we accomplish in a year or less. It’s a book that we need to soak our lives in.
I’m choosing to worry less about how quickly I read my Bible and instead am choosing to read it with the intention of getting more out of it. I am going to stick with this plan until I finish, but after this I’m probably not going to be reading the Bible in a year. Maybe next time I’ll shoot for reading the Bible in 3 years instead.