You know what’s difficult? It’s difficult to get back into a groove once you’ve fallen out of it. Like if you do a really great job at running every day but you don’t do it long enough to really make it a habit, and you miss a few days and then starting again is the hardest thing in the world.
I’m actually reading this book called Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, all about habits, and it talks about how we build habits not to use MORE self-control but to use LESS. Right now I’m drinking a cup of coffee, because every morning I make coffee. I don’t have to think about it, I just DO it. It’s a habit. Brushing your teeth doesn’t require much self-control once it’s become a habit, nor does locking the door behind you or taking your shoes off when you step into your house.
All of that to say, I fell off the Bible reading wagon… back in January. I know the exact moment, actually. It’s when I arrived in Nashville and realized I’d forgotten to pack my Bible for a week. Life was a whirlwind after that. Every time I write some sort of “goal” list, I always write “catch up with my Bible reading,” and so far that has worked 0% of the time.
Every time someone comments on the Bible in 2015 page, I feel a little guilty because of how far behind I am. So I’ve thought about it a lot and I decided that I’m just starting over. “Catching up” is going to be so much more difficult than just starting fresh. Last summer I attempted to read the whole Bible in 90 days and I amazed myself at how far I got, so this time I’ve found a “Bible in 6 months” plan and I’m starting it today. Not only that, but I made an April linkup for the Bible in 2015 page.
So. How are you all doing on reading your Bible? Anyone else starting over with me?
Thanks for not letting me forget about my intentions to read through the Bible this year. Let’s do it together.