Small habits, done consistently over time, have big results.
I decided to read the entire Bible. It was a big step for someone like me who has tried numerous times to accomplish this feat. And now, 364 days later I am about to open the Bible for the final day of a reading plan that helped make this a reality. And am I going to celebrate? You bet!
So as I come to end of this year long goal, I have learned a few things that I want to share with you.
1. Reading the entire Bible from beginning to end changes your view of God.
I can honestly say that I have been a follower of Jesus for almost 25 years. Over the years I have learned a lot about God, but throughout this journey my understanding and appreciation of God has evolved. I am so blown away by God’s unending patience with humanity. I am awestruck with God’s persistent pursuit to show us his love and a better way to live. I am so thankful that I am a part of his story and that he continues to teach me how to be a better follower, leader, husband and father through the Bible.
2. Creating & maintaining the habit of reading the entire Bible created side effects I didn’t realize.
Like most habits, when it becomes a part of your lifestyle, it changes you. I feel more disciplined because I decided that I would wake up every morning and have intentional time in the Bible. That consistent time in the Bible caused me to rethink other areas of my life, like my health for example. About halfway through this ongoing habit I decided I wanted to live healthier, so I decided to start a new workout routine and a better diet. Six months later, I saw big changes in my body. Again, small habits, over time…..
3. I want to do it again, and again….and again.
After the ability to see the entire Bible as a whole story and not just segmented pieces that are squished together in one book, I have a deeper respect and appreciation for how it was put together and crafted into what we have today. Just like a great movie, I want to relive all of it again. I want to be in valley as David throws the stone at Goliath. I want to stand next to Moses as he raises his staff to part the Red Sea. I want to go on the crazy journey of the Israelites, and I want to sit at Jesus’ feet like so many of his disciples did while he was on earth. There are so many wonderful memories that I can look back on during this time. So naturally, I want to revisit it all, again.
I hope that you will take a challenge to open God’s Word. It is alive and powerful and will change the way you view God, the world, and maybe even yourself. Start today! Why wait til tomorrow for something that you can do today?!?