What kinds of resolutions bring real change?

Jan 4, 2022 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo:

With the beginning of the New Year, we are in the customary season for making resolutions. I say ‘season’, but it is only four days in, and already the ‘resolution’ thing seems to have passed! But, as usual, there has been a variety of responses to this tradition.

On my social media feeds, there seems to be more interest than in previous years in reading Scripture in a more systematic way. Paul Blackham, who is vicar of St Crispin’s Church in London, comments (starting a little tongue in cheek I suspect):

Obviously, ministers and church workers will be reading through the whole Bible every month. It takes around 60 hours to read through the Bible, so clergy will spend an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening each day, reading through the Bible. What about the other Church members? Is two hours a day too much? Perhaps… but if we consider how much time we might spend in entertainment or social media… perhaps not.

However, if we read the Bible for 15/20 minutes in the morning and 15/20 minutes in the evening, most of us will get through the Bible 3-4 times a year. My own experience of reading through the Bible like this has been amazing. When we are hearing the very Words of God in such deep drafts, it literally changes our very hearts and minds…

If we are ministers, let’s prepare ourselves to genuinely read through the Bible every month—or at least every two months in 2022. Let’s commit to at the very least half an hour in the Bible every morning and half and hour every evening. Our flock probably expects that we are already doing this…

If we are not clergy or Church workers, then let’s set aside at least 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening to simple READ through the Bible. Don’t worry about taking notes, reading commentaries or analysing content in these 15 minute periods. The goal each day is to simply LISTEN to the Words of the Living God.

Don’t worry if your mind has drifted off or if you can’t understand what you are reading… Trust it all into the hands of the Living God.

Another online friend, Chad Bird, offers a slightly different Bible-reading challenge:

Read here


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