I’m Going to Read the Entire Bible – This Week!

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I have days when I’m disappointed with the amount of time I’m spending on worldly routine vs. the time I’m spending connecting with God. About six times a year, I resolve to “get better” with my spiritual disciplines. These (often unrealistic) resolutions usually go something like this:  Get out of bed earlier every single day for the rest of my life. Join yet another bible study. Serve in a new ministry. Read the entire bible this week. Next week, study one chapter each day with a highlighter, pen, and concordance.

Three days into the New-Year’s-Ish resolutions, I’m either laughing out loud at my foolishness, or berating myself for being “less than I should be” as a follower of God.

There are 4 quick certainties that emerge:

1)    I am living in the real world. I have a massive amount of family responsibilities, obligations, jobs to work, bills to pay, difficult people to deal with, and so on. Why do I continue to think I should somehow live at a super-human level? This is one of my many self-imposed perfectionist lies that I silently nurture.

2)    I cannot compare my everyday life to other Christians. I have been known to hold myself mentally to the same standards as:  A.) Moms who have hired weekly house and kids’ help, freeing them up for lots of bible studies and volunteer time; B.) older, wiser women who I wrongly assume have always been as mature, wise, and patient as they are at 70 years old.

3)    Obedience isn’t perfection. I can be faithful today, without having read my bible this morning. In fact, I suspect that God would appreciate me getting out more ;). There will be mornings when prayer time is turning off the radio on the way to school and offering a quick blessing before teenagers jump out of the vehicle.

4)    There will be no reading of the entire bible in one week. Why? Even in the rare event that I could skip out on my life to just read all day, I have found that Hebrews 4:12 takes over. As I sit down at the kitchen table, determined to read 75 of the 150 Psalms in one morning 🙂, I am convicted. I am frustrated. I am awed – and that’s just in the first 5 minutes. The Word slows me down. Every verse is a challenge to rise higher, live kinder, love more, and exercise greater faith…. I need way more time than a week.

 

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4 thoughts on “I’m Going to Read the Entire Bible – This Week!

  1. Lea FL Wahm says:

    You are so right, it really is a struggle to set aside time for everything important in a day … it was much easier until my son became a toddler but we have a few calm hours in the morning, so my time with God is then. You sound really busy, Elena. Maybe a recorded Bible would help sometimes.

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    • Family to the 5 Power! says:

      Hi Lea and thanks for your comment! No, never too “busy” for quiet time, and like you, morning works best for me. Audio bibles are indeed a blessing for the endless car rides with three teenagers! Happy New Year to you!

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  2. dianasschwenk says:

    We could spend a lifetime just living up to: Love God and love your neighbour as yourself. For about 10 years I read the bible cover to cover a few times by reading 1 chapter of the old testament and 1 chapter of new testament every night in bed before I turned off the light. It’s amazing how much of it sticks with you eventually even the boring bits in Chronicles for example and it doesn’t take more than a few minutes! I don’t do it anymore, I don’t think I’m a better person for having done it, it was just something I wanted to do at the time.

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    • Family to the 5 Power! says:

      God promises that His word never returns without results (Isaiah 55:11GWT). So, the time you invested with Him will always be a part of your life. You are quite right that we can camp on “Love God and your neighbor…” for a lifetime! God bless you!

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