At first I resisted. I like my own plan of taking 2-3 years to read through the Bible. It works for me. It allows me to go slower, better absorbing what I’m reading, and journaling along the way.
I don’t want to sacrifice meaning for speed.
So at first I gave myself permission to say “no.” But when I kept seeing great yearly plans, and then this one popped up, I caved. I’d do it.
Why? Because it hit a nerve. It was a couples’ plan.
Jeff had already decided he wanted to give the one-year thing a shot. He had even encouraged me to not feel guilty that I wasn’t.
But when this plan showed up that we could do partly together, God nudged me that he could use this to work on a weak area of our marriage: our lack of time spent studying the Word together.
I’m not proud of it. While we have had some limited times of success with joint Bible study through the years, we’ve never sustained it over the long haul.
So Friday night when I couldn’t sleep, I spent awhile catching up on reading week 1. And I loved hearing God through the longer readings.
Doing this to enrich my marriage may have propelled me, but doing this to improve my relationship with God will sustain me.
Hopefully I can do both. So count me in. I won’t give up my original long-term plan along the way; I’m on track to finish the New Testament in a few months with it.
And if you’re reading through the Bible this year, too, let’s encourage each other to keep at it. Not just for the camaraderie, but so that we’ll be changed through it.Changed for God. Changed for each other.
God’s purposes are always bigger than our own.
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