Eric Speir

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Add This Daily Habit To Change Your Life This Year

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Did I get your attention with that title? Good, then keep reading.

Every year we make resolutions to change ourselves. Some make a resolution to lose weight, while others make resolutions to exercise more. Still others makes resolutions to make more money or to be happier. Everyone’s resolutions are different.

The only problem with resolutions is that we usually give up on them. Statistics say within two weeks most people have given up on their resolutions and go back to their normal routines.

I quit making resolutions, but I’m trying to have more resolve in my life to the things that matter most.

This year I’m resolving to know the Word of God better. The only way to make this happen is to read more of it.

The only way to read more of it is to have a plan. My plan is to read the Bible all the way through from cover to cover. (I’ll probably skip the reference section!)

I resolve this year to read the Bible all the way through!

Last week I found a one year Bible reading plan from www.Bible-reading.com by Michael Coley. I downloaded the plan, printed it out and stuck in my Bible. Each time I read a daily section I check it off my list. I’m a list person so having a list helps me to stay motivated and it holds me accountable. If I miss a day, then I make it up the next day. I don’t beat myself up over it. I simply make it up. Pretty simple, huh?

It has the scriptures broken down into daily readings. On average if I read three to four chapters a day, then I will finish the Bible in one year.

The Word of God is the only thing that can bring lasting change in our lives. The more of it that I put into my life, the less of me that I’ll have.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

The Bible tells us to not follow the world’s way of doing things, but to transform our thinking. The only way to transform our thinking is to change what we put into it. The only way to change our thinking is to take in more of the word of God.

The bonus in all of this is that by putting in the Word of God, then we’ll also know the will of God for our lives.

There are plenty of good resources out there such as Bible Gateway. It gives you several versions to choose from and it includes several bible reading plans as well.

I would encourage you to try the one year Bible reading challenge as well.

I’ve even taken the liberty to attach it to this blog post so you can download the bible-plan and use it.

I’ve removed all of your excuses by attaching it. You lose nothing by trying, but gain everything by succeeding.

Question: Will you take the one year Bible reading challenge with me? If so, leave a comment stating your commitment.

About Eric

I'm a pastor and writer. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for free as a download on this blog. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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5 Replies

  1. Jennifer Williams Tharp

    I received a One Year Bible on 7/1/1996…It’s been the first thing I do every morning for years and I can’t imagine life without it. As a place keeper I have hand written notes and cards from my children….everyday starts with my 3 most important relationships: God and my 2 children – I know if I put my mind in the right spot with the Word and know how grateful I am for the blessings He’s given me in my children I can’t go wrong!!

    1. Eric

      That’s great Jennifer. I thought about buying one of them and trying it, but I’m too attached to the one I use everyday. Sounds like your priorities are in order! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cheri Huff

    I am reading the Message version this year in chronological order.

    1. Eric

      That’s great. I like that version as well. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I try to read through the bible in a year as well, although I don’t stress out about it being exactly 365 days. I use youversion.com but sometimes it has some irritating bugs.

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