About a week ago, I completed reading the entire Bible in ninety days, thanks in large part to the fabulous YouVersion app on my iPhone. (YouVersion gives you a little badge every time you complete any reading plan, so this is a screen-shot of mine!)
Actually, I completed my reading in a little less than 90 days, but that’s just because I was trying to stay a day or two ahead to make up for those days I knew would make it hard for me to get a full day’s reading in.
This was the VERY FIRST TIME EVER for me to read the entire Bible all the way through. At some point I had probably read all of the Bible, but never in an intentional start-to-finish sort of way. I expected this to be a rather perfunctory exercise, just to be able to check a box and say I had finally read the whole Bible — but I was pleasantly surprised that I really got a lot out of reading the Bible this way!
How I benefited:
- I have now read every single verse in the Bible. Though I’ve been a Christian for years, it’s sad to say I may not have ever done that before now.
- I was able to get a better grasp of what happened when, even though this straight-through reading plan doesn’t always go chronologically.
- I got a better understanding of the idea and intent of each book of the Bible.
- Familiar verses took on new meaning as I read so much in one sitting; truly, this is how we get to know verses in context, which is the only way to really understand them as they were intended. So many times, verses are taken out of context and in the process, they are often twisted to what we want them to say, rather than what they really mean.
- I completed a personal goal I had failed at several times before.
- My daughters saw me reading my Bible every day.
- Sharing what I was learning prompted a few good discussions in our house.
Although I didn’t participate in a group with my B90Days reading (simply because I wanted to be done before school started), there are some great blog groups where you can find help and encouragement along the way! A new group started a few weeks ago, but you could jump in with them on the next go-round if you’d like. Or just get a friend or two to do it with you for accountability’s sake if you’d like!
Yes, this is a time commitment, but it’s very do-able in real life — and I’d HIGHLY recommend it!