It’s a common question being asked by returning students right now – regardless of age or grade: “What did you do on your Summer vacation?” It’s somewhat lost on us adults…we don’t generally get three months off from work (although we’d like it!) OK, we do truncate the question and ask: “What did you do on your Summer vacation?”
Anyway, here we go:
<you>: Dennis! How’s it going? Love the blog, keep up the great work!
<me>: ‘sgoing pretty good. How ’bout you?
<you>: Fantabulous! Hey, What did you do on your Summer vacation?
<me>: I’m glad you asked…
This summer, our church went through a program called The Bible in 90 Days (aka BIND, aka B90X). It’s not a hard program with hidden details – it’s reading the Bible in 90 days (OK, actually 88…there were two “grace” days built in). We started on June 7th and from that day until September 3 (for me), we read about 12 pages each day – straight through…Genesis to Revelation. Our adult Sunday School class and Sunday service sermons also followed the readings, highlighting various themes or characters from the previous weeks readings.
True confessions here – I actually saw the official BIND Bible at our local Christian bookstore over a year ago. I bought it and thought I’d give it a go. It didn’t go… But, when we decided to go through the program at church, I decided I was going to do it! GULP!
I read & study the Bible daily – but I don’t generally read 12 pages. I’m also a slow reader (I’ll admit it!), so this was especially a challenge. [FYI – my reading speed is really a product of wanting to fully understand and I just can’t get there by scanning…some can – I can’t.]
In addition, having just started this blog a few months before, I decided that I would write a post about each days reading. Yes, EACH DAY (read: Leviticus). My decision was based on two things:
- If 2 Timothy 3:16-17 is true (and I believe it is), then I ought to be able to glean at least one nugget from each day’s reading. Yes, even from Leviticus.
- A comment I heard from a speaker a while back. He said that he tried to find at least one thing in every sermon or talk he heard that was applicable or edifying. This should be true of anything read in the bible. [BTW, I hold to this truth in any meeting, seminar, conference, presentation. It forces me to listen!]
So I started. I read…and I blogged, and I read…and I blogged… Eighty-eight days of reading, too many late nights trying to stay on track, and 67 blog posts (some were catch-up days) – all in all, an incredible journey. I am glad I stuck it out. It was great to read the whole Bible in a concentrated time frame. It was amazing to see the thread of God’s redemptive love and care for man (me, you!) in this life-changing, life-giving book that has been lovingly preserved.
So, there’s no badge, t-shirt, or tattoo (?!) for completing the program. But, there is the joy in knowing that I am a little bit more “equipped” to be a better worshiper of my awesome and amazing God!
For the Christ Follower, the Bible shouldn’t be a book that is read and then put on the shelf – saved for future reading if desired. So, for that reason, I’ll never be “finished” reading the Bible… I think I’ll even do BIND again next year.
I am starting two new books though:
Both look to be GREAT reads…even blog subjects!
HEY, if you’d like to give BIND or B90X a try, here is a reading schedule that Elevation Church in North Carolina has posted.