Time? Who Has That Anymore?

Once it is gone, you can never get it back. It is precious. It is rare. It is the best gift you can give to anyone. It has value. How we spend our time tells a lot about us…what we care about and who we care about.

Time. Once it is gone, you can never get it back. It is precious. It is rare. It is the best gift you can give to anyone. It has value. How we spend our time tells a lot about us…what we care about and who we care about.

We are probably like you where most days we feel we don’t have enough time and time is running out. If we just had one more hour in the day, we would…

For years, I have wanted to read the entire bible. I have wanted my family to read the bible but I have always said “There isn’t enough time.” Erik has read through the bible in years past. Jax has even done it. It took him 3 years but at 12 years old, he has done it. Grace and I have started it before but we seem to get behind and then just stop.

Being in Africa, in the middle of great need and in the middle of challenges, we have seen more than ever how much we need God everyday. We need His grace, mercy, love, provision, forgiveness, strength, and a ton of wisdom. Reading the bible has quickly moved from a “want to do that when there is time” to a NEED.

So as a family we decided that we wanted to read through the bible in a year despite feeling like there wasn’t enough time. We decided to go with a chronological plan so that we could read it as a story. We have bounced between Genesis, Job, and Exodus so far. We are on day 32 and all I can think is “Why has it taken us so long to read the bible together?”.

The funny thing about God’s word is the more you read it; the more you love it. The more you read it; the more it makes sense. The more you read it; the easier it is to apply to your life.

The YouVersion bible app makes it so easy! You can pick a plan and it keeps track of your progress and gives you daily chapters to read. We all have it downloaded on a phone or ipad and as a family we read together in the morning.

I know you think you don’t have time or your kids won’t be interested, but making disciples doesn’t happen through osmosis! We have time for the things we make time for in life. Really, 20-30 minutes a day is all it usually takes to read through the selection for the day and then there is still time for discussion and questions which is an awesome way to get a glimpse into your kiddo’s heart.

The bible is full of drama, action, love, and lessons. It is full of wisdom and it truly is a maintenance manual for our souls. If you are still reading this, it isn’t by accident. I think God is asking his people (you) to seek him. He is asking us to give Him our time.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

Our actions speak louder than our words. Seeking the Lord requires us to “do” not just “talk”. Knowing Him is part of following Him.

So the challenge: Try it. Try reading the bible as a family or a couple or alone or with a friend for at least 30 days. Read it straight through, chronologically, the New Testament first, or some other way, but READ IT! You wouldn’t skip breakfast or lunch or brushing your teeth so don’t skip reading His word. Plan your day with margin and do it like you would anything else on your schedule. Devotions are great, but don’t underestimate the power of God’s word.

I know that God will bless you for it and I know that you will wonder why you hadn’t tried to do it sooner.

-Melissa Hall

One thought on “Time? Who Has That Anymore?

  1. Hi, Melissa – Thanks so much for sharing your story. I too felt convicted to finally read *all* 66 books this past spring and the YouVersion app was indeed very wonderful: setting a goal, tracking against that goal, keeping notes and highlights. In addition to reading, I also listened while I was on my commute.

    I think it’s important to chose a translation that really speaks to you and that you can easily understand. For me, that was the New Living Translation (NLT), which I found sooo much easier to comprehend than the NIV I’d grown up with. I also highly recommend the Life Application Study Bible for all those moments where you wonder: “why would God say THAT??”

    After having read the Bible, I am in such a better place to share scripture when a friend is struggling, confront the issues my children are having in a biblical way and confidently walk on the path my creator designed for me! Time was always my enemy’s excuse for me too. I cannot begin to explain how combating that excuse has changed my life.

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