Over the years, I’ve thought it would be nice to read the entire Bible so my knowledge isn’t just the bits and pieces plucked out for the weekly message in church. I’ve also had visions of completely organizing my house, filling in all the blank pages in the kids’ memory books, and loading pictures onto our digital picture frame. Alas, none of this gets done.
Last week, I heard about Bible reading plans on the internet. Perfect. Someone else has done all the work of dividing the Bible up into 365 digestible chunks so I don’t have to do it. I found a chronological reading schedule that groups reading selections so that I can read about things in the order they happened.
Silly me, I thought reading from beginning to end would do this. Never have I encountered a book where you read chapters 1 and 2, then go to chapter 45 then back to chapter 3…well, you get the idea.
A few months ago, my older son asked some questions about the Bible so I pulled out the Children’s Living Bible that I had from when I was a child. I told him we should read it each night before he goes to bed. We’ve stayed so busy, it has gathered dust on my desk since then. After I printed my reading schedule, I got the idea to read the Children’s Bible to the both kids so they could learn along with me.
The first night, we sat on the couch, TV turned off, and the kids eager to hear the story I planned to read. I had just finished reading about God’s creation of birds and fish on the fifth day when my younger son interrupted me.
“Mommy,” (said in a whining voice) “Are you almost done? This is borrrrring.”
Perhaps the story of Cain and Abel would be exciting enough for him? On second thought, maybe I should skip that one…it could give them ideas.
Undaunted, I continued reading. When Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, my older son stopped me.
“If Eve hadn’t eaten the fruit, does that mean we would all live forever and walk around naked?”
“Well, I guess so,” I answered. I suspected he was more interested in the idea of not having to wear clothes than living forever.
Satisfied, he sat back and let me continue reading. I finished the reading for day 1 and thought I’d start on day 2, since we’ll miss a few days at the end of February. I read the first sentence of Genesis, Chapter 4 in my head. “Then Adam had sexual intercourse with Eve his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to a son Cain…”
“So, who wants to watch Scooby Doo?”
I decided day 2 reading could be done another day. Besides, hubby was at work and I wouldn’t want to deprive him of the opportunity to field any of their questions with me 🙂
I’ve already missed 2 days of reading this week, so I think the 1-year plan is too aggressive. I would love to find a 3-year chronological daily plan, but until then, I’ll have to ignore the schedule dates and create my own smaller portions.