Last February I wrote about the new Bible reading plan I had started in January 2011. Today I want to update how that went and tell about my Bible reading plan for 2012.
As of today, I am on day 106 of my original 10-chapter-a-day plan linked above. If you click the link, you'll see that on Feb. 25, 2011 I was on day 40. Hmmmm...that's not much progress. As a geeky math teacher I couldn't help crunching the numbers. The first 56 days of 2011 I read 71% of the reading I was "supposed" to, then the next 309 days of 2011 I read less than 21% of what I was "supposed" to read. Do I feel condemned? Discouraged? NO! Fortunately God doesn't accept us based on our performance (whew!) BUT to a large extent my spiritual growth is tied to my ingestion of the Word, so reading, studying, and thinking about the Bible is VITAL!
Why the low rate? Well, I wrote about it a bit here and here. Basically, life got busy and sometimes I didn't follow through (in other words, sometimes I slept in and didn't read my Bible at all). On many days I would only get half the reading done, so one day's worth of reading would take two (or more) days. Also I spent some time going in-depth in a topic or two rather than reading the 10-chapters-per-day. In-depth study is just as important as an overview. We need a balance of in-depth study and reading the whole counsel of God.
My plan for this year is to just continue. I consider this method a rousing success even though I have been slow getting through it. It has helped me make connections like no other Bible reading plan has. Although I have only done 105 days of this plan, I have completely read through each of the four New Testament sections and two of the six Old Testament sections. In fact, I am on my third reading of the shortest New Testament section. (If none of this makes sense you can click on the first link above for a more in-depth explanation of the plan.)
Many parts of the Bible have linked together for me more than ever before. Pieces of the puzzle are coming together. I am starting to see the Bible more as a cohesive whole with a single author and a single message, rather than a bunch of good but somewhat unrelated ideas. And I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I love making it through all ten chapters in a morning! (But I also love delving deeply into a topic.) I like having a plan, but I am willing to deviate from it as led.
I am looking forward to being more consistent and growing even more in 2012.