A reading resolution

January 4, 2021 · Print This Article

A new year has come. And a chance to set a new goal or ambition for the next twelve months. What will yours be?

I’ve never really done the New Year’s resolution thing. The goals don’t stick, and anyhow, any goals I may have are usually ones I’m already working on. But this year I’ve decided to go for one. And I’m optimistic about keeping it, after all, it has the bitesize advantage – drip-feeding you with a bit each day.

With reading being something many of us have rediscovered in our lockdown hibernations, I have decided on a reading resolution. And you may be interested in it too.

Last week, I wrote about the comfort book – a unique book to get you through those tough times. This book is called Psalms and is part of a bigger epic known to us as the Bible. I don’t presume to know your thoughts towards such a book. But if you were like me or many of the people I have talked to in life, then such a book may evoke scepticism, questioning, curiosity, intrigue, comfort, derision, or even a desire to read it. Some just want to know what it says – what the fuss is all about – and then they can make up their own mind to shelve it, or leave it on the bedside table.

I don’t know where you’re at with this Bible stuff. But if there has ever been a flicker of a curiosity, an interest to crack the old book and decide for yourself what place, if any, it has in your life, then maybe you might be interested in my resolution too.

I signed up for a one-year reading plan of the Bible, which amounts to a few pages or so a day. But the difference in this plan is it has been created by one of the best Bible learning platforms out there. Called The Bible Project, not only do they give you simple access to the daily reading on the web, they accompany it with some of the best animated videos out there if reading was a stretch too far. All you have to do is sign up with your email at BibleProject Reading Plan | BibleProject™.

As one social commentator put it, the Bible is the most hyperlinked book in the world – so much of what it says relates and links to multiple other parts of the book. When you start to read, you may be amazed at its interconnectedness. And how the themes and topics relate to our everyday lives even though such a book was written by people detached from our culture and time – I guess human nature, problems, and triumphs are often very consistent across centuries and cultures.

I believe it’s certainly worth exploring. So how about it? A few pages of reading a day might mean you can finally put that curiosity to bed.

Richard Fowler info@because.uk.com

Richard is editorial assistant at Because

 

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