Wednesday, January 13

Resolution Revolution

I don't do well with New Year Resolutions.
I consider calling them New Year Torture-lutions.

Usually my resolutions have to do with:
eating only things that are green
(Enter thoughts of dyeing cake and brownies and chips green....)
or exercising every day
(Enter thoughts of counting blow-drying my hair and chewing cookies as exercise)

Let's just say I'm not too good
at keeping resolutions.
And I usually get over it quickly.

However, there was one resolution
that I made a few years ago
and I was sad when I got behind
so I just decided to stop.

Enter "reading through the Bible".

My habit-forming Bible-loving resolution-following husband also made this resolution.
He read every single solitary blessed day from January 1st to December 24th.
Yes, I did say December 24th.
Yes, I know there are 31 days in December.

He finished early.
hate him.
*okay, just secretly jealous.*

I, on the other hand, tapered off around,
January 4 1/2 or so...

I'm not sure why I didn't find the time.
Other "important" things just had to come first.
(ahem...these were clearly "non-important" things sneakily disguised as "important")
Shame on you tv, oven, sewing machine, mall, and pillow!
ok, ok, shame on me.

Enter 2010.
January 9, 2010 to be exact.
I started thinking again about this resolution that I gave up
four days in.

Pretty sure God wrote the Bible.
Pretty sure He loves me and would even die for me.
Pretty sure He did.
well technically, Jesus did.
but technically, they are the same person.
so there.

and by "pretty sure" i mean
positively- absolutely- without a doubt- amen.

Anyway, back to the Book.
He asks me to read it.
He asks me continually for 24 years.
He commands me to meditate on His words.

Sure, I've read lots of it- maybe most of it!
But have I read all of it?

Enter: Big Fat No

Now if my best friend wrote a book....
I would find the time to sit down
and read it during every spare moment,
even put aside the "important" things I had to do...
just so I could finish it.

I would buy 100 copies and give to to everyone I know.
I would read it cover to cover...392 times.
I wouldn't need a New Year to begin it.

I wouldn't go to her and say...
"You know that book you wrote? 
That's pretty cool and all. 
But I have a lot of shows to catch up on. 
And well, those brownies won't bake themselves".

Enter epic fail.
You get the point.

And though I'm sure I would never do this to a friend
family member
spinning instructor
Betty Crocker

I did it to God.
I did it for 24 years.
technically 5 of those I couldn't read....
but still, 19 years is pretty bad.

And on January 9th, 2010,
as all of this was twirling in my brain
at the hour of 11p.m.
I realized it wasn't too late to start.
There were no laws about New Year resolutions.
Heck, I could start in May if I wanted too.

And so the next morning,
on January 10th,
at the crack of dawn
or maybe it was a few hours after that...
I woke up and read Genesis 1 and 2.

And I will keep going.
I'm determined this time.
I want to read my Heavenly Father's book
from cover to cover.
and not make excuses.
and find the time.

And if I finish next January, great.
If it takes me until next May, that's fine too.
Pretty sure it was never a race.
Pretty sure there is no gold medal
(possibly because my husband already won it)

I do think it's important to take time every day and read God's word.
But I don't always do it.
And sadly, sometimes,
I feel like I know Betty Crocker and Amy Butler better.

So a-reading I shall go.

There will be "those" days.
But hopefully I can keep remembering to put the
"sneakily disguised as important non-important" things
on the shelf
even try and let those brownies bake themselves
and revolutionize my resolution ways.
and read
all 1189 chapters.
written by
the creator of the universe
who took time to write a book
to guide me
comfort me
strengthen me
and teach me.

and if I want guidance, comfort, strength,
and want to be taught
(and certainly the good Lord and I both know I need a lot of teaching)
then I better get reading.

and this time,
the whole thing.


  1. Hi, I stumbed across your blog and wanted to say that post is touching and inspiring. Thanks.