Begin smoking cigarettes.
A rare New Year's resolution, isn't it?
Yet, I had a friend many years ago who had a New Year's resolution to take up smoking the next year. Granted, his intention was to try smoking a classic pipe and project as much of a sophisticated / reading-by-a-fireplace / Jazz muso / cool-old-woodsman vibe as possible.
Generally, (and in contrast) we as people aim to muster fresh resolve to take up good and healthy actions and habits for the coming year.
What is your hope and plan for meeting with Jesus through the Bible in 2023?
I suspect most of us are hoping to grow in our relationship with Jesus next year. And, I think most of us are open to the idea of connecting with Christ meaningfully through His Word in fresh ways in 2023.
I want to relay some great Bible Reading Plan options for you to consider for 2023:
5 Minutes a Day, 5 Days a Week, goes through the entire New Testament in 1 Year. https://www.navigators.org/resource/bible-reading-plans/#5x5x5
3 Years, 1 Chapter a Day, through the whole Bible. http://storage.cloversites.com/crossroadschurch1/documents/3yrGddTour_af_cms.pdf 10 Minutes a Day, through the Bible in 2 Years https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/static-blogs/tgc/files/2010/12/TwoYearBibleReadingPlan.pdf
Bible in 1 Year, 7 Themes a Week. Each day of the week is dedicated to a different genre: Letters, Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, Gospels. http://bible-reading.com/bible-plan.pdf
Chronological Reading. Read through the bible in the order of historical events. Follow it at your own pace or in one year. http://static.esvmedia.org/assets/pdfs/rp.chronological.pdf
Or, try crafting your own reading plan with the Bible Reading Plan Generator. https://biblereadingplangenerator.com/?start=2023-01-01&total=365&format=calendar&order=traditional&daysofweek=1,2,3,4,5,6,7&books=OT,NT&lang=en&logic=words&checkbox=1&colors=0&dailypsalm=0&dailyproverb=0&otntoverlap=0&reverse=0&stats=0&nodates=0
Which do you think would work best for you this coming year?
(Big thanks to @reagantrose for sharing these helpful ideas on twitter.)
Whatever your approach to the Holy Scriptures will be in 2023, may they lead you into a more meaningful and growing relationship with Jesus!
Our vision is always Jesus.
May you see Him through His Word in 2023!
"As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet Him" Mark 9.15