Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I’m Already Behind

It's a new year. New plans. New goals. Lots of excitement. This year I'm going to do it. This is MY year. I can do it.

And then you miss a day of your reading. You don't sleep well the night before, so you don't get up when the alarm goes off. You say to yourself, "It's okay, I can catch up tomorrow."

Tomorrow comes and you don't get it done that day either. Before you know it, a week goes by and you haven't read your Bible plan at all. What do you do? Throw up your hands and say "Forget it. I knew I couldn't do it anyway! I'm already behind. I'll just do something else for my reading and try again another year."

Friends, that was me for the last several years. I've been a Jesus follower since I was 11 years old, but not once I have ever read the Bible through. I'm sure through the years I've read and studied all the books...even Leviticus...but not in any systematic approach.

Right before Christmas, my friend Julie was over. We talked about our goals and plans for the new year.  She mentioned continuing her chronological study and memorizing Scripture.  I was so convicted at that very moment. She is a new believer and she is on her fourth time through the Bible! It's not a comparison game, but I realized that I had never read through the Bible even once. The Lord put it on my heart to do just that.

Why do I tell you all this? To encourage you! To say "You can do it, and it's not too late to start." It doesn't matter if you start January 1, February 18, or August 25. Just start sometime...better yet, today!

It might actually take me two years to complete this plan. And that's okay. At least at the end of those two years I'll be closer to the Lord than I am today, because I will have spent quality time in His Word, meeting with Him.

"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."  Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Maybe the Lord didn't put it on your heart to read the Bible through this year. Maybe it is to memorize His Word? Perhaps it is to be more intentional with reaching out to someone? What about being more faithful in prayer?  Ask Him to show you how He wants to grow you this year.

I'm not perfect. I'm sure there will be days that I don't get my reading done. But I know this:  I am going to be intentional to make it a priority.  If I miss a day, I'm going to pick it right back up.

This year is my year. Is it yours?

"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him....Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:15-17‬, 23-24

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