At the beginning of this year, I did something I’ve never done before in my life. I read the entire Bible. In thirty days. I’ve read the whole Bible many times: Genesis through Revelation, chronologically, and even a few times in ninety days. Ninety was tough. Thirty had never crossed my mind. Until I met Nathan Finochio (you should follow him on Instagram for laughs and for some great Biblical/leadership insight). Nathan was speaking at a conference I spoke at at the end of last year, and he challenged people to read the Bible in thirty days. I thought he was crazy…and I was right (love you, Nathan!). And he was also dead serious. He gave some strategy on how to accomplish it and said he does it every January, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
Over the next few Mondays, I thought I’d share some insight I learned from reading the Bible at such a fast pace. Here’s part 1…
You can do more than you think you can.
Don’t let fear hold you back.
Reading the entire Bible in thirty days meant committing to 2-2 ½ hours of reading every day. Even on Sundays when I’m exhausted after preaching all day.
I was afraid I’d fail.
I was afraid I’d get behind and feel overwhelmed.
I was afraid Bible reading would turn into homework and I’d hate it.
None of the above happened. I actually really loved it, and may do it again in years to come.
You’ll never grow if you let fear hold you back from pushing your own limits.
Make the necessary sacrifices.
Before I committed to the Bible reading plan, I had already decided to fast from social media for the month of January. Had I not been fasting from social media, reading that much each day would have been even harder. That month of reading reminded me of the value of saying no to some things so I can say yes to other things. Social media isn’t bad, but taking time away from it can be really good (that’s probably a separate blog post!). Even if you don’t completely quit social media/TV/sugar, or whatever your vice is, there’s probably part of it you can cut out to make room for something better.
It takes time to develop a habit.
Reading 2 ½ hours per day for a whole month got me in a much better habit of reading. I learned to take advantage of lunch breaks, early morning hours, and mid-day reading more than ever. You’d be surprised at how quickly five minutes here and ten minutes there adds up. Those thirty days gave me a greater hunger for reading and helped me build a healthier habit of being intentional with my time.
Your goal may be totally different than mine. It might involve the Bible or reading in general, or it could be working out, eating right, or something else. Regardless of your goal, you are capable of more than you think. Get a goal in mind, let some friends know for accountability, make the appropriate sacrifices, and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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