I read the Bible. No, I mean, I read the Bible. Not just the little snippets that went along with my devotional for the day. Not the ten minutes that I usually spend, I read the Bible. Start to finish in only 88 days! I feel like I’ve climbed Mount Everest. I set out on a journey and I completed it. I honestly can’t believe I did it, but I did!
I bought myself a new Bible, “Read the Bible in 90 days.” It sat in my closet for a while and then I gave it to my husband to wrap and to give it to me as a Christmas gift. So, I received it on December 25, 2014 and I began my 90 day plan on January 1, 2015. I read it every. single. day. Starting in Genesis and ending in Revelation. And, I did it in only 88 days! The Bible stated on the cover that it was a 90 day plan, but it gave you 2 days off. I can sincerely say it was a great 88 days. It took about 45 minutes a day to complete and some days I was a bit behind, so i had to spend a little longer, but I did it!
When I would share with people that I was reading the Bible, I would emphasize that I was “reading” it and not studying it. By completing this, I found that it has only brought me to an understanding of how little I truly know. Though I have always said “I read the Bible,” I started reading my Bible daily in August of 2003. I attended a small country church service in Lawsonham, PA and the lay speaker challenged us to read the Bible every day, so I did. I would read a passage from here and then jump to another part and I would circle in pencil the selections I chose. I didn’t get the whole Bible circled because quite honestly, who wants to read Numbers? And, who’s even heard of Habakkuk?
I, like many people, have a variety of Bibles in my home. Different versions, some with notes, some with pictures, some with leather covers. I don’t know how many I even own and each individual in my home has their own copies. So, with a book so present in our home, why haven’t I read the entire thing sooner? I guess for me it took a plan and a decision.
My kindle version of the Bible says, “Holy Bible, New International Version, is the world’s best-selling modern translation, with over 150 million copies in print since its first full publication in 1978.This highly accurate and smooth-reading version of the Bible in modern English has the largest library of printed and electronic support material of any modern translation.” Now….wait for it…1,152 Pages. OK, so there’s one reason I never planned to read the whole thing. Most of the books I choose to read are 300 pages or less. And, here’s another Kindle fact for you. Typical time to read? 64 hours and 46 minutes. What does that number mean to you? If you want to, you can read the entire Bible on your next vacation…7 days, read for 9 hours/day, not your typical vacation read. However, you can read the entire Bible in a year by investing only 10.65 minutes a day. Do we spend 10.65 minutes per day doing something else? Do we spend it doing nothing? I’m sure I spend more time than that looking for my half empty cup of cold tea or the TV remote. Sadly, we Americans just don’t read it. A 2013 study showed that 88% of respondents owned a Bible, 80% think it is sacred and 61% wish they read it more.
It’s really pretty simple. You own a Bible, you have 10.65 minutes, you can read it or take 5.325 minutes a day and complete it in 2 years. NOW, to be honest, I began reading the Bible daily in 2003, and I finished reading the entire thing in 2015. It took me 12 years to read the whole thing, but it only took 88 days when I committed to do it. How long will it take you? Regardless of how long it takes, I pray that you will attempt it. It’s on the best sellers list with an estimated 5 Billion copies sold. The various authors of it have something specific to share with you. Let them share.
So, what did I learn? That I knew a LOT of scripture because I know a lot of hymns. Did you know some of them were word for word from scripture? That the majority of the Bible Stories that I learned as a kid were found in Genesis! Who knew? That book is chock full of drama! That there is a LOT of violence. Lots of beheading and gnashing of teeth. That there is some really silly stuff, dogs returning to their vomit, ________