I am almost 40. (Nope. That's not the confession. I've mentioned it many times here. Plus, the wrinkles tend to give it away!)
My confession is that I am almost 40 and I have been a Christian my entire life and I have never read the Bible cover to cover.
It always seemed like such a daunting task. A daunting AND boring one. I mean who wants to willingly plod through Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy?
But lately, Sarah and Peter keep asking me what "my favorite book in the whole wide world" is. And I always answer "The Bible." Because it is, of course, the greatest book ever written. And it is The Word given to us from God. How could it not be "my favorite book in the whole wide world?"
And then I started feeling a little guilty. If I believe that it truly is the greatest book ever written then why haven't I read it all, cover to cover?
One day while looking up a Bible verse at BibleGateway.com, I saw something that caught my eye. It said Read The Bible In 90 Days!
I was intrigued so I clicked on the link. Zondervan has published the NIV Bible so that if you read 12 pages a day, you can read it in just 90 days. If you don't want to purchase a new Bible, BibleGateway.com has bookmarked the 12 pages you are to read or you can receive them via RSS feed.
How could I not do this? 12 pages a day? I decided to go for it!
And I'm so glad I did. I'm currently on Day 17.
The Israelites have made it out of the wilderness and I feel as if I have too. Reading Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy weren't as hard as I thought they would be but I'm glad to say that I'm on to a little more exciting reading now.
And I am enjoying this way more than I thought I would. And I am wishing that I hadn't waited until the ripe old age of 39 to start this.
I read my 12 pages early in the morning before the rest of the house is up and what a wonderful way to start my day.
And I will admit, I have fallen a few days behind. I decided that I will not read my 12 pages on the weekends. I try to sleep in until the kids get up on Saturdays and Sundays and once they are up, I can't focus my full attention on my reading.
So if I stick with my it Monday through Friday, I will be able to read the Bible in 112 days. That's not too shabby!
If you are interested, check it out at BibleGateway.com.