To give you some context, this decision was inspired by a conversation I had with someone who discovered a ridiculous fact about my life. I became a Christian at 15. I had basically 10% guidance from my youth group about HOW to read and study the Bible, so I haphazardly went through it with the church or on my own random flip through. I bought Student Study Bibles and pretty Bibles, I got checklist reading plans, and I purchased TERRIBLE dating guide books that I refuse to even link to here because I think they ruined my perception of Christian dating and really caused my heart to be taken advantage of.
Anyway, this isn’t about that.
What this is about is someone asked me about a book of the Bible I haven’t read. And I said “well, I haven’t read that one all the way through.” And this person sort of freaked out. My position is that you don’t have to read every single word of the Bible to know that you believe God created the universe, Jesus Christ died for your sins and is the way, the truth, etc etc. I just don’t.
I finally figured out how to study the Bible around 2010, after taking responsibility for myself and doing a lot of research. I would spend up to 40 minutes a day doing Good Morning Girls with my friends Natalie and Amanda. These days I spend 20-30 minutes studying my Bible every morning either from the Bible study I’m in’s workbook, or She Reads Truth. And I haven’t read the Bible cover to cover (in my defense I have read all of the new testament!).
I have no excuse to have not read the whole thing. Over the years I’ve tried doing a 1 year reading plan. In my best years I get to March and then I fizzle out. I don’t know if that’s March’s fault or Exodus’ fault. But I need to try something different.
I spoke to a friend/trusted leader from church about my idea and he thought it was a good idea. I called that person who called me out and told him, “This is your fault I’m going to have a reduced social life this summer…” and then I shared my crazy idea with him. I posted on twitter and facebook asking for guidance. And now, I’m telling you.
I’m going to (try to) read the Bible in 90 days. I’m either going to start Sunday, June 1st (because it’s the 1st) or Monday, June 2nd (because it’s a Monday). My preferred translation is ESV so I was planning to read one I already own, but I’ve also read that the Bible specifically created for reading in 90 days is a good recipe for success due to the clearly marked pages, the NIV translation is easy to read and it has a larger print that’s better for your eyes. I am going to swing by half priced books today and decide then.
So, you guys are always good at holding me accountable. And if you want to join in, I’d love to have you. Here’s the reading plan I’ll be following. I’m not doing a formal call to action, Mom’s Toolbox already does that, so there’s no reason to start on the same day. But I’d love to check in with you on twitter/the comments/instagram/fb if you’re going to start in the next few weeks, and we’ll spend the summer reading the Bible in 90 days. Leave your info in the comments here and we can be an encouragement to one another.
I’ll be using this hashtag: #Biblein90Summer
It’s not going to be easy. It’s not going to be quick. But I have a feeling it will be so, so blessed.