About a year ago I crafted a list of things I wanted to accomplish before I turned 30 years old. I uncreatively titled this my 30 Before 30 List. One of the tasks on my list was to read the entire Bible in a year, and I did it!
I found that when I set out to read the Bible a few years ago, I didn't do well. I had great intentions, but I did not stick with it because I had no follow-up. The solution? YouVersion! Any users out there? Both David and I love this app. We both dove into it a little over a year ago with many options. You choose the way you want to read the Bible and for how long. The app then helps you keep track of it by having you "check off" the passages as you read them. I chose the basic "Bible in a Year Plan", but they offer others, such as chronological and themed.
So, what does it offer? Well, not only does it help you keep track of the passages as you read them, it offers you the option to "highlight" and share verses that stand out to you. AND it emails you if you miss more than a few days. No excuse not to stay on track!
What did I get out of this? Lots. Even though I wasn't able to necessarily pick the passages as I went (they have them in an order) I was able to find parables and verses that stuck out to me at that point in my life. Not to mention, knowing I was going to read through the entire book kept me on track in some of the more tedious chapters (how many descendants are there???). It was also neat to see some of the connections I had not noticed in my previous, and sporadic, readings.
I am so happy I chose to add this to the list. I got so much out of the experience and am looking forward to continuing this walk with Christ. I began another plan last week; this time I'm diving into the chronological story!
Have you read the Bible all the way through?