To ring in the New Year, one of things my wife Terri and I started doing is being intentional about spending time in God’s Word by reading the Bible daily. Back in December 2013, we discussed several reading plan options, looking for something that would be productive and achievable. We had recently fallen off course in our reading the Bible regularly, let alone daily. We were doing some scattered reading and trying to keep up with whatever sermon series we were venturing through at Church. Perhaps that’s happened to you before too; Perhaps not.
In any event, after some serious discussion and thinking through it, we landed on the reading the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) to begin the year. We agreed to spend the first 90 days of the new year reading them, starting with chapter one of Matthew. 68 chapters, 90 days. Nothing overly ambitious.
We’ve done the more traditional “read through the Bible in a year” plans. Those certainly do get you into reading Scripture. It gets you into the discipline of spending time in the Word. However, we found that quantity doesn’t equal quality. After you’ve done this a couple of times, you want to chew a little more slowly instead of scarfing down your meal. For us, 2013 was fairly hectic and the wheels came off as far as life balance was concerned. This was true for our spiritual life. Headed into 2014, we knew we needed to do something different.
So, we’ve started. Even my mother, Karin, is participating along with us.
If you’re new to reading plans or reading the Bible in general, check out this simple plan to get you started. Starting, after all, is often half the battle.