Thank you to Adam Keller for offering a personal reflection on his goal to read the Bible in 365 days this year. Read it and, as he says below, hold him accountable.
Within the first 30 days of 2019, I was asked at least three times whether I was a “goals guy,” and it struck me as odd that the person posing the question each time felt the need to discover whether I was receptive to the topic before delving deeper. Perhaps in our culture where we all seem busy beyond the hours allotted us, goal-setting is futile because we are all so busy pursuing so many worthy outcomes already (e.g. getting kids to their activities on time, earning promotions, etc.). And, being busy means we must be making progress toward our goals…right?
I am indeed a “goals guy” (cheesy as charged). If nothing else, taking the time to deeply reflect on my goals allows me to check my motivations for the aspirations I chase, and sharing those goals allows my friends and family to help hold me accountable. Reading the Bible in a year is a high priority for me in 2019. Just as CrossFit offers the Workout of the Day (WOD), the “My Daily Bread” devotional (ODB.org) offers a daily “Bible in a Year” reading consisting of Old and New Testament verses that will enable me to go from Genesis to Revelation in 365 days. Some days it seems to be a chore and on others I am driven by a voracious desire to dive into my verses. Already in the first month and half of the year, scripture I’ve read has found its way into conversations with friends and passages have begged to be read aloud with my family. Plenty of days have also passed when I felt no movement or inspiration from my reading other than to check the box that my prescribed dose had been consumed. While daily enthusiasm may wax and wane, my hope is that the discipline of consistent scripture reading will lead me closer to God.
Society and secular culture can influence us to a greater degree than the core tenets of our faith if we let them. In my late twenties one of my best friends hit me right between the eyes and called to my consciousness how much this is true in my own life. As I overtly tried to persuade him to read all 1168 pages of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, he calmly asked: “Adam, when was the last time you read the Bible?” Feeling a little sheepish and “check-mated,” I submitted, “I haven’t ever read the whole thing.” Ten years later, here I am ready to prioritize spiritual growth by reading all 1448 pages of my Bible. Hold me accountable. Not so that I may earn your respect or a gold star, but that by humbly seeking God through His word he may help align my desires more closely with his own.