As I mentioned in my last post here, for the new year I was starting a new reading plan which, if I make it through it, will result in me reading 3660 chapters of the Bible in 2012. It has occurred to me that reading the Bible on a daily basis is like maintenance for my soul (or maybe spirit is more accurate as Pastor Mark and I discussed in Sunday School one morning - but that is another story). But maintaining my soul is a little bit different in that it is not something that I can attend to every once in a while. Even a little bit, like once a week, may be beneficial, but quite probably not sufficient to keep things really running well. So in the case of my Bible reading, as our Lord's Prayer alludes to, I need to have some "bread" on a daily basis.
As I noted when I first started Horner's plan, reading on a daily basis was not going to be stretch for me as I was already reading almost daily. Where it would stretch me though was in reading so many chapters and in reading from so many different parts of the Bible on a regular basis. Reading ten chapters a day (or night in my case as I like to close out the day with my Bible reading - really the only time the house quiets down) has resulted in me spending more actual time in the Bible. In my past reading plans, a lot of times it was only three or four chapters and I could oftentimes get through it in 20 minutes or so. Reading the ten chapters is really keeping me in the Bible for a good hour now.
As far as reading from so many different books, I'm still getting used to that. Every now and then I'm seeing connections/parallels. Alas, I really need to start keeping a journal at hand as I read and jot down notes. I figure I'll get to that shortly now that I'm starting to get used to the whole system.
Finally, this post is written mainly as a checkpoint as I have passed through the 10% mark today. Yes, I've made it through 370 chapters already (10% was really at the 366 chapter mark). Thus far I have read the following books in their entirety since January 1st:
- I Corinthians
- I Thessalonians
- II Thessalonians
- I Timothy
- II Timothy
- I Peter
- II Peter
For both Proverbs and Acts, since they are the only books in their respective list, I have started reading through them for the second time.
So, off to a good start with the plan.