Dear #LentChallenge Friends,
We had no idea so many people would want to join us for this #LentChallenge—reading the entire New Testament in 40 days. More than 40,000 people from around the world have joined us. We’ve seen fun photos, insights, comments, blogs, and more appearing throughout the web.
But let’s be honest. It’s easy to fall behind in bible reading. I know I’ve slipped a day (or more).
But that doesn’t mean you should quit.
That doesn’t mean you should give up.
That means it’s time to buckle down and get ready because Resurrection Day, Easter, is coming!
Photo from @TheAdjustmentDept on Instagram
No matter how many days you’re behind—whether 3 or 17—keep reading! Keep crossing off the boxes and diving into Scripture. I double dog dare you to continue pursuing God in his Word. Like rifling through a treasure box, gems are waiting to be uncovered. God has something big in store for you and for me during this Lenten season.
Here are 5 secrets to catch up on Bible reading:
1. Go Audio.
Even if you didn’t start with an audio version of the Bible, turn on the audio Bible in the car during your daily commute. Even 30 minutes of drive-time will get you through an entire day’s worth of reading. Add that on top of what you’re already reading and… viola! You’ll be caught up in no time. Click here to learn how to download the audio Bible for free.
Photo from Ed Choy
2. Dive in on Sunday.
Each Sunday during the #LentChallenge, you have a day off of assigned reading to rest, play, or catch up. When you get behind during the #LentChallenge, commit to reading extra chapters on Sundays. It’s a great day to pull away and make time to dive into God’s Word.
3. Add a Second Reading Time.
Instead of just reading once per day, consider carving out 30 minutes as soon as you wake up and 30 minutes right before you go to bed. This may mean you need to set a few alarms throughout your day as reminders. It’s been helpful to find a reading spot that has little to no interruptions (which means my cell phone has to be out of arms’ reach).
4. Pinch Your Bible.
Maybe you’ve been reading the Bible on the YouVersion app. Maybe you’ve been listening to an audio Bible. Or maybe you’ve been using an old-fashioned print Bible. Whatever type of Bible you’re using, I’d like to challenge you to go pick up a print Bible and open it to however far you’ve read. Now pinch the page from the beginning of Matthew to where you are today.
Do you see how far you’ve come?
Even if you’re a behind according to the reading plan, look at how much of the New Testament you've covered since the beginning of Lent. In case no one has told you yet, you’re rocking it!
5. Be Inspired.
Friends are posting incredible insights and thoughts as they’re reading through the Scripture this spring. You’re not going to want to miss the thoughts from…
- Heather Zempel pastor at National Community Church in Washington, DC. Each day we begin a new book of the Bible, Heather offers a preview of what to remember, it’s purpose, and questions to ask yourself as you read. Check out her insights on Acts this week.
- Jenni Catron from Cultivating Leaders. This week, Jenni asks a poignant question: What are we doing with our gifts? Are we cherishing or squandering them? Read more, here.
- Shelly Miller from Redemption’s Beauty. Shelly has a giveaway going on at her site this week that is a great companion for the #LentChallenge. Check it out & enter to win, here.
- Lori Wilhite and Brandi Wilson from Leading and Loving it. Brandi’s son said something that stuck with me this week: “Man, it’s one rough day when Jesus calls you Satan.” Read more, here.
- Dr. Craig Blomberg from Denver Seminary. Each week Dr. Blomberg is answering YOUR Bible questions. Check out his responses to zombies, divorce, and fasting, here.
When it comes to the #LentChallenge—Keep on keeping on. You can do this!
You’ve got this! Rooting for you like crazy!