You're Almost There! (You Deserve Some Free Stuff)2011 30-day challenge. Nearly 100 of you accepted that challenge and agreed to read your Bibles every day for 30 days. We've been checking up on you all month, and I am so proud of how many you have kept your commitment to digging deep into God's Word.
Tomorrow marks day 30 of this challenge, but I hope you will keep reading. In fact, my goal was never for you to read your Bible for only 30 days. My secret agenda was get you to read your Bible daily long enough to form a lifelong habit. The truth is there is no single habit more important that regularly reading God's Word.
In Lies Young Women Believe, Nancy put it this way:
"There's one habit that was emphasized more than any other in my home as I was growing up. I don't think there is any more important habit you could possibly develop as a teen. It is the practice of spending consistent time getting to know God through His Word. Every aspect of your life, short term and long term, will be impacted by this one habit" (LYWB, 167).
Every aspect of your life impacted by the choice of whether or not to read the Bible? Yep. That's what Nancy said, and I couldn't agree with her more.
So if you didn't accept the 30-day challenge when I issued it 29 days ago, I hope you will accept it today. Simply make the choice to read your Bible every day for 30 days. (I would encourage you to find an accountability partner to encourage you along the way.) If you did take the challenge—keep reading. Make it a goal to see how many days in a row you can spend reading your Bible, even if it's just a verse or two.
Perfection isn't the aim here. I would be thrilled if one year from now 100 of you left me a comment telling me you had read God's Word 365 days straight (I'd have to think of a killer giveaway to celebrate that feat!), but I'm more interested in helping you develop a pattern of Scripture reading than launching a Bible-reading competition or adding something to your to-do list.
As promised, we have one last giveaway for those of you who have succeeded at reading the Bible every day of this challenge. If that's you, leave us a comment to tell us about it. I will choose four of you at random on Monday to receive a free copy of my latest Bible study, True Princess: Embracing Humility in an All About Me World. From everyone else, I'd love to hear how you stay motivated to read God's Word and the specifics of how you've noticed regularly reading the Bible (or not reading it) impacts your life.