February 22nd. That’s where I found the bookmark in the One Year Bible I took off the shelf this morning. Honestly, I don’t know if I left the mark there, or if someone else did. Either way, it tells an honest story – it’s much easier to start something than to finish it.
Specifically, it’s tough to keep the motivation necessary to consistently read through Scripture. We start with high hopes, but if you’re like me, before too long, “life” settles in and all of our good intentions end up on the shelf along with the Book. However, I had a choice to make this morning. I could decide that, like the last reader, I’d only make it a few weeks, so why bother starting…OR, I could move the bookmark from February 22 to June 22, and start again.
I chose the latter. Don’t get me wrong; I had been reading and studying to prepare lessons to teach others. But, I hadn’t been following a disciplined schedule of reading for myself. So, I read through the suggested passages for the day and I greatly benefited from them. I will try to do the same thing tomorrow…and the day after…and the next…and…
Will I always advance the bookmark at perfect, 1-day intervals? Probably not. But, I know that the days that I do advance the mark will also be days in which my faith and understanding of God will also advance.
Why did I choose today to dust off my One Year Bible? Because someone (my pastor) recently challenged me to do so; and today, I gently extend that challenge to you. Will you join me? –Dave
“…walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Col 1:10)
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