At the time of writing this, I am 280 days into a One-Year Bible Reading Plan. I read through the whole Bible when I was in seminary, but this is the only other time I’ve gone through the entire thing. That might surprise some of you who think I read through the whole Bible every year, and it may disappoint others who feel like I should. I’m just being real for a reason. My experience of going through the Bible this year has been so amazing and educational. By reading through the Bible in a year, I have been able to change some of the wrong beliefs I had about the process. I’d like to share some things I’ve learned that will help you if you want to try getting through the whole Good Book!
1. I believed that a quiet time to read the Bible had to happen in the morning.
What I learned is that you just need to find the right time, place, and method that works for you. Are you a morning person or an evening person? Is the middle of the day a good time for you to engage your heart and mind in reading? Do you have a favorite place to read or think, or are you pretty portable? I love to read in quiet places in the middle of the day, but I’ve found that listening to the Bible read aloud to me as I am driving to work has been great! My drive is 10-15 minutes, and that is just the amount of time needed for my audio Bible Reading Plan on my YouVersion App. You might have to experiment a bit, or try different things, but if you are getting stuck, it might not be the Bible or your personal self-discipline, it could mean making a small change in time, place or method.
2. I believed I needed to understand everything about the Bible when I read it.
3. I believed that the Bible was all the same.
4. I believed that if I missed a day that I had failed!
5. I believed that this was something I would do alone.
I realized I could read with other people. The Bible was meant to be read communally. If you are able to, try reading with other people. Choose a plan and then meet once a week to discuss what stood out to each of you. Maybe a small phone call or text each day sharing something cool you read or thought about. Having friends and some accountability can help you reach the finish line.
In the end, I believe using a Bible reading plan has two purposes. First, it helps you have daily time in God’s Word. God uses that time to direct us, comfort us, educate us, and challenge us. Second, it’s an opportunity to know what’s in the Bible and what’s not. It’s amazing how reading the whole Bible just once can give you a big picture vision for God’s story. If you have other questions or want some encouragement, let us know! Happy Reading!