last year, when i made lots of goals (some out of conviction and some out of my own desires), one of them was to read my bible everyday. this was a conviction, i did repent, and i did start a new pattern.
(i should show you my other goals. and how i kept them for 1 week! or one hour)
in using this guide, i had the opportunity to read the entire bible in a year. which is awesome... if you can read like an hour a day. not fast reading but really reading. really soaking it in.
so i want you to look at my reading plan now. it's been through some children's hands, it's been colored on, it's been carried around, smooshed, often used as a coaster while reading and once, i wiped a booger with the paper. just kidding. i think.
but more importantly, i want it to be documented that i am still in the summer.
the point is, i may not have finished, i am still somewhere in july, but i was reading and will continue to follow the guide until i do.
a lot of times i could only fit in one check box. that was a 5-10 minute read day. sometimes i could do 3 and sometimes when it was 2 in the morning and no one was around, i could 6 boxes. boom. in december i did an advent devotional and not the guide.
i try to read in the morning and i try and protect the time that i know i have a window to work with (sesame street does me right). but some of the time, that doesn't happen. if you grew up as a christian you were told that you must do it right when you wake up. i mean, ya...that would be awesome. but that command is not in the bible. only that you DO read his word. only that you desperately NEED His word. only that you are quickly persuaded to go in the wrong direction by the world and the weight of your own cares.
so it is disobedient when we don't regularly get in his word. but it is not disobedient if you read the word at lunch or at night. and it's not disobedient if you don't check in all the boxes on your guide (made by a human, not God), every day. even if that was your goal.
you know yourself and you know when you're more likely to read...for me that really is the morning. i also am super unstructured and so a guide is like magic to me. i am baffled that someone sat down and mapped all of this out. it sounds like torture. if i were given the job of making the bible reading guide it would quickly turn into a craft project. where you would eventually forget you were reading the bible because you were so focused on wrapping yarn around the pen (you were checking the boxes with) to make it look cute.
wait, what was i talking about? oh ya, reading guides.
if you miss a day, grace to you. God doesn't love you more or less for reading more or less of your bible.
but still, repent for finding what you value more than what God values. repent for making time for instagram and Facebook and blogs, magazines, books, cleaning, busyness, other people, and not making time for what God says is extremely important. His Very Word spoken to you and for you. your spiritual food that gives you LIFE and hope and joy amidst your troubling circumstances or helps you gain perspective in your excitement and happiness. not to mention, many of us are questioning who we are and what we are meant to do and what is the answer to our big questions in life, yet we aren't seeking the compass God has given us. no wonder we wander!
remember that behavior modification is not your friend. lasting heart change generated out of repentance is. i have to preach this to myself every day.
if you are looking to make a change in feasting on God's word,
the guide i use is here
a great article on how not to read your bible in 2013 is here.