How to Read the Bible in a Year: Choose Your Method
It is that time of year again; the time when we make resolutions that are never kept. I do not say this to be discouraging, but simply as a matter of fact. Unfortunately, 92 percent of individuals that make resolutions will not keep them. How about this year you commit to something that can easily be gaged! For 2012, make your resolution to read the Bible in one year!
There are many ways to accomplish this goal! There is of course the good old fashion way by reading the text straight through. This strategy requires roughly 4 chapters a day to be read. That is not too bad. However, a down side to this is that some of the old testament books can get a little dry when you are in the middle of them. They can throw anyone in a rut that can easily discourage someone from finishing their goal. I know that the endless chapters of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy really slowed me down sometimes. I cannot even begin to count the number of times I began reading Genesis and never finished. (If this has happened to you, know that you are not alone!) If the 4 chapters a day tactic works for you, then power to you buddy! Unfortunately, not everyone is wired that way. If you are not wired as a book reading steam engine like my fiance, its okay! Work with how YOU work.
How do you do that? Break those 4 daily chapters up! There is no rule that those 4 chapters have to be in order! Read a couple from Genesis, one from Psalms, and a couple from the New Testament. In the end, everyone would have retained the same content just in different methods. Also if you get feeling in a rut over reading everyday, switch it up! Read 8 chapters every two days or even (if you are feeling really confident) read 28 chapters once a week! The most important thing is holding yourself accountable so that you do not get behind! Make sure to make a calendar of when chapter will be read and mark off your progress (there are not many feelings better than being able to check off an accomplishment!) I recommend reading everyday if you are not the type to be super self-disciplined. Do not get me wrong, any method you choose will require self-discipline, but if you choose to read all 28 at the end of the week that requires an amount of self-discipline that I know I for one do not possess! My grandfather has read the bible every year for almost 20 years now using the 4 chapter a day system. It can be done I promise you! I also am reading straight through and currently I am half way through Psalms. It can get tedious, but there is so much information to be learned and the thought of knowing that I will achieve such an awesome accomplishment is motivation enough! Also, a great tip for making sure this venture is a success is make this resolution with a friend! Keep each other accountable for accomplishing this task! At the end of it all, the two of you can give each other a new best friend high-five!
Know your strengths, know your weaknesses, choose your method, and read your Bible.