Yesterday, like millions of other Americans, I started a list of resolutions. One of my top resolutions was to read more. After all, readers are leaders…
To go along with that, I want to be reading my Bible more as well. Throughout 2013, my wife and I did a reading plan from Bible.com (YouVersion on your phone) called the 345Plus plan. This basically took you through the New Testament and through random OT books as well as a Psalm and Proverb everyday. I’m not going to lie, this plan kicked my tail at times. There were some days I missed and I would beat myself up a little about it. Not saying that’s right at all because I know reading my Bible shouldn’t be something I just check off on a list of things to do in a day. Regardless, it was tough to keep up at times because of how much was involved. I loved Wednesdays and Thursdays at times because it was a shorter reading.
So as 2014 began, I told myself I wanted to read through the ENTIRE Bible this year. Heck, it couldn’t be any harder than the 345Plus plan right? WRONG! I clicked “Begin Plan” and saw my first days reading…I was a little shocked. Now before you go and judge me, I am not the biggest reader in the world. I like to read books that are actually going to further my knowledge on something. If it is fiction and it just something to do, I don’t read it. Obviously the Bible isn’t fiction, but holy cow! I was not prepared for so much reading…everyday…for the next 365 days!
I questioned my choice. I thought to myself, “I know God isn’t going to love me any more or any less if I cannot keep up with this plan, so maybe I should pick something a little more my speed/level.” THEN, the Holy Spirit chimed in:
– How much TV have you been watching?
– How many times have you checked you Facebook/Twitter/Instagram today?
– How are you spending your free time before/during/after work?
I know that I could be in the Word more. These convictions definitely pointed that out to me. If I take less time to read my Bible and put more time in to writing a blog, posting a status, or taking a photo of my coffee then I have failed myself. I would go further to say that I have sinned. WHAT??!! SINNED because you didn’t read your Bible more? That sounds pretty legalistic and like your salvation is based upon whether or not you read the Bible enough. That is NOT what I am saying at all. But look at it this way– If I have chosen to read the status of my friend on Facebook instead of the Word of God…am I not elevating one over the other? Sounds like idolatry to me. If the first app I click on my phone in the morning is Twitter instead of cracking open God’s Word I got some misguided priorities. Now, this is MY conviction. I am not saying that it is yours. I honestly believe that everyone has different convictions…so save the judgmental comments.
Some of my resolutions for the new year:
– Be in the Bible more
– Love and lead my wife better than I did last year
– Read more books, watch less TV
– Love others better than I have
What are some of your resolutions for 2014?