Many make a New Year’s resolution to read the Bible more consistently than they have in the past, and many don’t stick to that resolution.
Here’s what works for me. Rather than using a reading schedule, with a daily listing of what chapters to read, I usually use a Bible reading checklist:
It has all sixty-six books of the Bible with their chapters. I mark off each chapter as I read.
This system gives me greater flexibility than a schedule does, yet still helps me to reach my reading goals. This year I plan on reading the New Testament (probably twice), as well as reading the middle to late historical books (Judges through Esther) and the prophets (Isaiah through Malachi). Two advantages of this system over using a schedule is that I can vary my pace, and don’t get frustrated if I get behind in a reading schedule.
The checklist has two pages; I like to print it on two sides on heavy paper, fold it, and stick it in my Bible. The document is in “Landscape” orientation, but may print in “Portrait” orientation for you. You can change that in the “print setup.” Sorry, I’m not sure how to fix it on my end using Excel 2007.
Feel free to download and print this for yourself and pass it on to others:
My hope and prayer is to encourage you to be in the Word in 2011, and that you would know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ better because of it.
Grace and Peace
P.S. Here are some good Bible reading schedules if you prefer that over using a checklist: