It’s two days before Christmas, but if you’re like me, you’re already thinking past the presents and the massive turkey dinner. You’re thinking about New Year’s Day. No, not the kiss at midnight, the hangover, or the college football overload. You’re thinking about how to get 2015 off to a good start.
Maybe you’re deciding on a diet or workout plan. Maybe this is the year that you finally start your own business. Or maybe you’ve decided that 2015 will be the year that you get out of debt. These are all very important and noble goals, but I hate to break it to you: if you don’t get one specific area of your life on track in 2015, none of these other goals will matter.
What area am I talking about? You’re daily walk with God. Think about it. If you lose the weight and get in shape; you build a business that exceeds all of your dreams; or you get out of debt and find that elusive “financial freedom,” but you fail at the one thing that matters beyond 2015, what’s the point?
Instinctively, you already know this. We all do. That’s why January is the month where more families start going to church and Bible sales increase and people start new Bible reading plans. We all realize – deep down inside – that our relationship with God should be the most important thing in our lives. And just so there’s no doubt, Jesus said, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:36)
So, how do you get that walk with God “jumpstarted?” It’s funny. In every goal we make, the hardest thing to do is usually the simplest. It’s the same in our walk with God. I’ve talked to so many different people who love God and want to follow Him and serve Him, but they don’t want to do the most important thing necessary for that to happen: get to know Him. And how do we do that? The Bible.
So in 2015, the first “resolution” (do you hate that word and all of it’s baggage as much as I do?) you MUST make is daily Bible reading. I know that sounds overly simple and perhaps even formulaic. But trust me. As someone who’s seen his life completely collapse and be rebuilt by the grace of God (and the wisdom of his amazing wife) through this important discipline, it works (more on that in a later post). And if you’re willing to make that commitment, I’m willing to make one to you too. (And to think a little more about this concept, CLICK HERE.)
Over the next 31 days, I’ve committed to writing 500 words a day. This commitment is part of my plan for getting 2015 off to a good start. And I will come alongside you every day for the next 31 days (starting today) with my thoughts on why you need to be in the Bible daily, how you can get into the Bible daily, and what you can expect – long term – if you build this daily practice into your life.
So, before you start that diet, hang your shingle, or call Dave Ramsey, why don’t you start by subscribing to this site? Let’s walk together for the next month, and see what happens.