Bible reading plan…day 25

Posted on January 24, 2009

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Today is Day 25 on my ESV Bible Reading Plan.  Some have said that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit, so I guess I am on my way to a more successful year of Bible reading and reflection.  So far, I have worked through the entire books of Ezra and Nehemia, as well as 25 chapters of Genesis, Matthew, and Acts.

As I reflect on these past 3 weeks of a renewed emphasis on reading through the Bible, there have been several things that I have been reminded of about practicing spiritual habits:

  1. Consistency is the key – this is no profound insight, but simply committing to a set time in the morning has been HUGE. I also placed 3 post-it notes above my desk that communicate (in order of priority) my three primary roles in life – Christian, husband/father, and pastor.
  2. Planning is critical – I struggle the most when I don’t have a gameplan. There are several great reading plans out there, so I really don’t have a good excuse for not taking advantage of them.
  3. Delivery format was the missing link – I love the fact that the ESV plan utilizes technology to deliver the daily readings. I use my iPhone for almost everything now – calendar, email, internet, twittering, etc. Why not use it to my advantage when it comes to practicing the disicplines?  So, I signed up to receive a daily email and have it put into my iCal program. Practically, this means the first email (5:30am every morning) I have to process each morning is my quiet time. Try putting that in the hold folder! Ouch.

What process works for you?  What’s your gameplan for reading through the Bible?

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