What Should Be New in the New Year?
“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. …Unless a man is born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.”
These words from G.K. Chesterton, an English writer, lay theologian and Christian apologist, really capture my thoughts for our Bible Journey 2016. This year we are each committing to set aside time every day to read our Bibles. This may be a new discipline for you, or perhaps it’s been part of your daily ritual for years, still together in 2016 we want to make it something we do together as a parish family.
So what will our journey together look like?
To be sure, it would be simplistic to conceive of every person’s time in Scripture as looking the same. Just as there are different but equally valid ways to exercise, so too there are different but equally valid ways to read the Bible. Some might like to read the Bible in a year, or follow a plan on your phone, tablet or other device. Perhaps you’d like to spend more time in one or more books of the Bible, taking a slower, unhurried time for more reflection and meditation on very small portions of Scripture. Whatever part, and however you’d like to read it, the goal is to read your Bible every day.
Then I invite you to join with me on this journey and share with me and others the new learnings you are discovering and the ways in which the Lord is speaking to you through His word. This is what this blog is all about. I will regularly post some of my own thoughts, insights and discoveries as well as many of yours.
I hope you will join with me and that together we will see the Lord moving in powerful ways throughout 2016. I know this is a commitment of your time, but you will not regret one minute of time spent in the Bible. Make it your lifelong friend. Invest. Build it into your life. Let the journey begin!