We are almost three months in to 2013, and I am overjoyed to realize that this year has been the busiest, happiest, and most Bible saturated time of my life. I've stayed on course with my Bible reading disciplines. I have finished reading through the New Testament once, and I'm in 2 Samuel in the Old Testament (which is a little behind schedule, but that's not a big surprise). In addition to this I am immersed in discipleship and inductive Bible study nearly everyday (see Busy in the Word).
I'm really looking forward to getting back to the epistles, but I have been radically changed by the Gospels this year, especially going through the Gospel of Mark with some practitioners of other religions. Their fresh eyes have loaned me fresh eyes for the compassion and commands of Jesus.
Perhaps the biggest aid to keeping my Bible reading disciplines this year has been realizing that the Word is energizing. It gives me strength spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Building yourself up in the Word of God affects every part of your being, and strengthens and energizes you. When you really believe this, you want and need to open the Bible every morning and you walk away from the Bible with a spring in your step. Hopefully I can unpack this thought further in a future post.
Let me know how your Bible reading plan and disciplines are doing this year and what's helping you keep up. Comment below.