whoops, there goes another rubber tree plant. i mean, well-intentioned bible read-through plan.

this year, i had high-apple-pie-in-the-sky hopes for reading through my bible from cover to cover.  (minus the table of contents and the maps and that weird part in the front of every bible that explains why they put this version of the bible together in such-and-such a way when you're all, who cares.  also minus the concordance and the index.  skipping these parts made a bible read-through plan seem much more realistic, since there seem to be a lot of pages in my bible that aren't actually the bible and are therefore unnecessary to read.)

in fact, i even got a little cocky and can be pressed to admit that i even casually mentioned that i'd like to finish by september, and once i may or may not have said something about a read-through-the-bible-in-three-months plan.

well, i think i heard somewhere that god humbles the proud and it is now officially september and i am officially halfway done with deuteronomy. for those of you who are new to the bible table of contents, that's the equivalent of being about 15 minutes of the way in to a lord of the rings marathon.

so, because i haven't yet learned my lesson, it crossed my mind to sprint the last leg of this thing and actually accomplish that whole read-it-in-three-months craziness.  but then i realized that a) running analogies should tell me something about the realism of this plan, since i can't run half a city block without sending myself into cardiac arrest and b) i'm sitting here blogging and eating tootsie rolls and it's highly unlikely that that's a recipe for success.  i'm not ruling out the possibility that helen keller and jonas salk spent hours on end eating soft candy and staring into space.  but i'm basically ruling out the possibility that helen keller and jonas salk spent hours on end eating soft candy and staring into space.  or if they did, i'm quite confident they attribute their success to something in addition to that.  something which i currently am not implementing.

so here's my cheery note of the day: it is currently september and i have no hope for the next three months holding anything remotely resembling accomplishment for me.


Anonymous said...

Amen to that. I started a "Bible in two years" plan about 14 months ago, and b/c it bounces between the Old and New Testaments, I have no idea what progress has been made. I got tired of Psalms, so jumped ahead and read to Song of Songs, but didn't catch up the NT side. All of Paul's letters are the same, right? Read one, read them all? Yea?

Eric Crawford said...

You just referenced Helen Keller "staring out into space." That's epic.

YAYA said...

My take away was the same as Eric's. Nice job!

todd said...

Bible reading is important. It is the Word of God and the place where we find His Gospel of salvation and the records of His deeds accomplished in obtaining this salvation for us.

Yet, Jesus spoke to some people ho had their Bible read-throughs done by July and said this:

John 5:39-40
English Standard Version (ESV)

39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.

It is all a big circle, but it starts with Jesus. Worship Jesus for all that He has done. Obey His words by reading them in the Bible. In the Bible learn more about Jesus. Appreciate and worship Jesus more. etc......

I love you my wife. Thank you for reading your Bible. It is fruit of the fact that you desire to know and honor Jesus.

***And don't discount those opening pages about translation so quickly. I love that stuff :)