I’ve been away from here again for a few days and it’s turning this series I’ve been writing into a month long reflection. Nevertheless, I am determined to finish this! So let’s continue (if you’re new to this series, you can click here for some context).
Here’s what I wrote last year:
I love YouVersion.com and thanks to the many Bible Reading plans theyve made available, Im going to be reading through the Bible (again) this year. If you dont read the Bible, you should its one of the best things you can do (and the digerati team behind youversion has made it so easy!) My wife and I are working through a plan together as well.
I made it halfway through the M’Cheyne plan that I was working on. Kind of bummed I didn’t complete it but I try not to be religious in my Bible reading (otherwise it becomes a chore, it should never be a chore!). My wife and I didn’t complete the reading plan we were working on together either (Blended) – so many days where we just collapsed exhausted in bed together. I’m missing this though so I want to get back on track with another one this year. Now that we both have iPhones it should be easier to work together on this.
What I learned:
About myself: I work best with routine, but need to change it up once and a while. Otherwise it becomes just that, routine instead of reward. There IS NO SET FORMULA for when, where, how, or how much you should read! YouVersion has REALLY helped me with breaking the shackles of routine.
About my spirit: Spiritually speaking, the Word of God is “soul food” for me. I definitely feel it when I go any extended time without just reading the Bible with an open heart and spirit, expecting to hear from God. There’s almost an edginess, and dullness that exists in my life without it. Not only that, but I have found that my creative output goes down as well.
What about you? How does reading the Bible affect your life (or not)… and why do you think that is?