So, The Challenge officially ended late last week, and I know we all landed in different places. Some of us finished up last week. Some of us are a little behind, but will be able to finish up over the next few weeks. Others of us kind of skipped around a little and read parts of it every week, but not the whole thing. No matter which spot we find ourselves in, The Challenge isn't quite over.
Okay, in one sense it is over, obviously. We are moving on to the next series on the weekends. Our small groups are going to switch up what they are studying. Thanksgiving is just passing by, and Christmas is coming. But don't forget, one of the objectives of The Challenge was to help us read our Bibles with a regular rhythm. As I was getting up to work out this morning I realized, I need to figure out what I'm going to read next! I kind of breathed a sigh of relief when I finished the reading last week sometime (on time sort of, but I did start two weeks early!), but what's next?
Here are some options I thought of this morning as I wandered about weight room at the Rec Center:
- Finish reading The Challenge. If you aren't done yet keep going. Even if it takes you months, you can still finish.
- Go back and reread something. There are a couple books of the New Testament I want to read a lot slower with a study Bible and commentaries to help me understand them better.
- Answer some of the questions you had. I don't know about you, but in trying to read that much, there were times I didn't quite understand something and I didn't take the time to go back to it. Now would be a great time to dig in on some topics.
- Get a different reading plan. I'd suggest maybe trying one with a little less reading each day. Slow down a bit! You Version has by far the best collection of reading plans I've come across in one place, but they don't have printable versions of them. I found a blog that lists a whole bunch of different ones in the same place, but there are plenty of other options if you just search the internet.
- Try the Old Testament. Either in a reading plan, or just start in Genesis.
- Read a Children's Bible (with or without your kids). Pastor Chris suggested this to me once. I laughed at first, but then I did it. It's a great way to get a whole picture of the Bible story in an hour or two. Plus, the pictures are fun!!
Those are just a few ideas. Pick one, make it your own, and keep going.
And, while I have you, use this link to listen to the music we'll be singing at our services this weekend. See you then!