Over the past 90 days my wife and I have been pouring all our energy into completely reading the Bible through. I’m talking Genesis to Revelations in 90 days. Cover to cover! In actuality, we crunched the numbers and think it was more like 92 days. So sue me!
It was quite the experience and not something I made big news of while I was actually reading it. Didn’t want to NOT do it, then have to look stupid. By the way, that’s wisdom right there! (If you follow me on twitter @jonathancliff then you might have seen a few cryptic “35 of 90” tweets here and there. Make sense, now?)
I’ve read the Bible through a few times in my life, most recently in bible school; but never in 90+ days. Let me sum up my expereince by saying, “Whew!”
Here are my takeaways, having finished last Friday:
- I’ve never spent so much time doing a project over 90 days. It’s exhausting to do the same 45 minutes of reading every single day for so long. I wish I could say it’s a habit I could keep up, but it’s not. I just don’t normally have the attention span to do this.
- Doing it with my wife was key. I can’t tell fully explain in this paragraph how cool it was to walk this journey through the bible with Starr. Not to mention being accountable to each other each and every day.
- I learned that my wife is a slow reader, who knew?
- I also learned that I’m hyper-competitive. Even when reading the Bible. I could never stand to be finished after Starr, I just had to win my daily Bible reading contest. Even if it was only in my head.
- Reading the entire Bible through in such a short time frame is comparative to flying over a forest. I didn’t get to spend much time looking at any one tree, instead seeing the boundaries of the entire forest in one fell swoop!
- Reading through Leviticus was hard. Crazy hard!
- What were my favorite books to read? Easy. Genesis and Acts.
- When you spend 70+ days reading the Old Testament, the Gospels come as a ray of sunshine. It helped me see the beauty of Jesus’ arrival on the scene. He came just in time, and redeemed everything that was wrong with creation.
- The word I’ve really taken away from this experience is, “Story.” The story of the Bible is such a powerful story of Sin. How Sin ruined God’s original story, and the story of how Sin was defeated in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The story is powerful.
If you ever want to do something to help gain a healthy perspective on this Story of life, I can’t more highly recommend taking the 90 day challenge. Go find a friend, and start today!