A few years ago, a Deacon at our church who is a family friend was explaining to a few of us on how to read the Bible. He said, “if you have never taken the time to read the Bible I suggest you start out reading Matthew, Mark, Luke and John first, and at least read it a few times.” Needless to say, I began reading Matthew but never got past Chapter 5, I did this multiple times throughout the years. I either allowed life to get in the way or I got lazy and flat out chose not to read. Honestly, I was never fully committed to any of my faith-based ideas I had set in front of myself. I had thoughts about being judged for reading the Bible because I made many mistakes in my life and was afraid to be deemed a hypocrite. I am embarrassed because I am not knowledgeable of the stories in the Bible for me to even begin studying it. Out of conversation Megan and I expressed to each other how we wanted to further our understanding of the Bible but what we really meant was begin. That next weekend we went to lunch and went to buy our Bibles and labels. The excitement Megan had was contagious, which in turn made me even more excited. I remember coming home, labeling my Bible and sending her a picture. She sent me a picture of her doing the same. Let me remind you that all of this excitement happened in June of this year and we haven’t made it past Matthew chapter 5 either. We allowed ourselves to get lost in life and got off track of what is important and why we began this journey in the first place. Recently, we were in conversation and began discussing how we miss getting together and reading our Bible and having discussions.
Here we are beginning again......only this time we have purpose, motivation and planning.
As this may sound bad or seem embarrassing I have figured out a way to keep my daily readings a priority. When we schedule meetings, doctor appointments or conferences etc. We don’t cancel unless we absolutely have a reason. So, in my planner I schedule an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening for an appointment for me to read my Bible, listen to motivation podcasts, daily devotional, quiet time to pray and coffee. I have not been doing this long at all, only a few days. Remember we are starting again and figuring this out. However, these past few days have been nice because I have been more positive and disciplined in this journey. Again, I am not perfect but I am trying and that’s what matters.
I hope you join us on this journey and know that it is alright to start over, as long as you start.