Friday, December 28, 2012

What's Your Plan for Intentional Reading in 2013?

It's that time of year--time to decide what you're going to read and how you're going to read it in 2013.

Read your Bible. 

This is the most important thing to read in 2013.  What is your plan to get into the Word and get the Word into you?

As in past years, I highly recommend picking out a Bible reading plan and plodding systematically through it. That doesn't mean that you have to read the whole Bible in a year. Many will do that. I'll do it again in 2013, if all goes according to plan.  But it does mean that you will be disciplining yourself to do what you think is most important.  Remember: Real Christians Delight in God's Word.

Read good books that help you to understand and apply the Bible to life.

I've recommended a number of books on this blog this year. One of the best for intentional reading is Heart of the Matter by the folks at CCEF. It is 366 daily readings culled from their excellent books.

Read good books that bring insight into and engagement with the world that God has made.

God's Word has the most important things to say about everything, but the Bible is a short book and doesn't say everything that can be said. Read widely. Dip into various interests. Find out what is going on in the world and how it works.

Read books for enjoyment!

In the next few days, I'll be posting our Mitchell family annual book lists, and most of them will be novels full of rip-roaring good stories.  I think it's amazing that God not only wrote the best of stories and placed us within it, but also gave us the ability to tell stories, as well.

If you can read, then plan to read.