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One month down, you guys! One month down. And, there are a few things we now need to talk about. Let’s say you followed the plan for awhile and you were feeling really proud of yourself; then life got in the way and you now find yourself a few days (or weeks behind).
Here’s what I’d like you to do…jump back into the plan. Don’t try and catch up. Because I know that feeling…the one where you’re so overwhelmed with how much you have to do, you’d rather quit than keep going. Don’t quit, just jump back in. Find today’s date on the calendar and begin reading from there. You’re not behind; you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. If you want, make a note of what you haven’t read yet, and you can go back to those parts later in the year…which brings me to point number two.
“As the books, chapters and verses begin to pass by, you’re going to come to some spots that are very troubling…in fact we’ve already read through some pretty difficult scenes.”
Scripture is not a fairy tale where everyone lives happily ever after. When you get to these parts, call me! Let’s talk through them; let’s wrestle with them together. Or…I give you permission to skip them (those really difficult parts and even all those terribly boring laws in Leviticus!) Instead, you can then go back and read the days you’ve missed so far. Because here’s the thing, Scripture is indeed the language of our faith…the stories that shape us, the saints that encourage us, the Jesus that saves us. But, it’s also at times difficult to sift through and leaves us with more questions than answers.
I don’t want reading through the Bible in a year be a something that makes you want to give up. I simply want you to have the opportunity to immerse yourselves in it more often than not. I want you to open your heart and hear the whispers of God, not begrudgingly cross this off your to-do list.
So, please don’t give up; do what works for you, ask questions, seek clarification, read the good parts over again, but please keep reading I promise you, you’ll be glad you did.
~ Pastor Sarah