We lingered in bed longer than normal yesterday morning, the first day of the new year. Jeff snoozed off and on, catching up from a sleepless night chaperoning the teens’ lock-in. I read off and on. We chatted in between.
Doing nothing important. But everything important. Just spending time together. Unrushed.
Relationships can’t be hurried. They need pauses.
That’s why I’m not reading the Bible in a year in 2011. I did in 2010. I’m glad. It was good. But it felt rushed. Hurried. It left little time for pauses.
But I am still going to read through my Bible again. I hope you will, too. However long it takes us. Spending time in God’s book has no substitute.
It’s about your relationship.
With God. With those you live with. Work with. Play with. Worship with.
That’s why you read the Bible, right? To learn about God and His will and your purpose and destiny. For His honor, for your good. For strength, for wisdom, for love, for direction.
Print your plan
So do you have a plan to do that? I’m planning on two years this time, maybe three. Time enough to journal and meditate and have conversations with the Author.
Here’s my plan, swapping 2 weeks in the Old Testament with 1 week in the New Testament. I switch versions every time I read through, but I check against the ESV for passages I’m studying. This year I’ve chosen the Holman Christian Standard Bible for the Old Testament, and the Common English Bible for the New Testament.
Plan your time
After you print your plan, prayerfully decide when you’ll read. You don’t have to be rigid about it, but a set time will increase your likelihood of succeeding.
Pause to listen
Then read. Listen to his stories. Grow more in love with the Lord as you do. See how your story fits in to His. Take the time to linger in your relationship, pausing to talk, growing, changing.
The more you let His Word in you, the healthier you’ll be. And the healthier you are, the healthier your relationships will be. Not just with God. With everybody.
So print off your plan, plan your time, then pause to listen.
Your Father will be honored.
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