For the last 90 days I’ve been encouraging our students at Morningside to read though the entire Bible for their summer reading. Though I love to read God’s Word, I have never actually read the entire Bible. So, when I gave this challenge back in late May, I new I was asking the students to make a big commitment. If I was going to ask them to make it – I had to lead by example. So, on June 1st I began with Genesis 1:1. I even wrote about it in my blog titled, God’s Word This Summer.
Today I finished reading John’s Revelation. This has been the most amazing summer. It has been difficult at times, but so worth the extra 1-2 hours reading His Word. Everyday I was able to see God’s story being played out in my own story. Time after time I saw his Word being fleshed out in the experiences of my day. Because I read the whole Bible in 90 days, I didn’t have much time to do in-depth study of any one passage. However, because it was only 90 days, it was much easier to see all the connections between books because it was easier to remember what I had read.
I’m not sure if any of our students joined me in this adventure, but it made a difference in my life. Even if this reading challenge was just for me, I’m glad I hung on for the ride. God’s word is meant to change the way we think and live. Maybe by taking this step in my walk with Christ and the emphasis I’ve put on the Bible this summer will help these students take the next step in their walk with Christ too.