One of the best things I started doing for my own soul was reading the Bible through in a year.
Yes, I know that is already on your list of things you know you ‘should’ do. I really don’t mean to add a layer of guilt on your busy life.
Rather, there is good stuff in there for the sake of your joy in Jesus that the Holy Spirit seems to delight in revealing when we read his word. Real helps and real encouragements for the real issues of the day.
I carry an iPhone with me and use Crossway’s mobile-optimized website. Dianne has an Android device and I think she uses the mobile site as well. My middle son started in the Spring of the year this year and uses either his Bible or Dianne’s phone. He always reads ahead a day – which goes to show you can do it any way you like!
They have several reading plans, all for free at their website – mobile, print, email, iCal and RSS.
I’ve used Through the Bible in a Year this year, but I think I’ll switch back to the M’Cheyne One-Year Reading Plan in January. I have friends who are reading through the Bible in two years, reading it chronologically, or using other methods.
The important thing is to read God’s word, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal more of God to you, and expecting that he will help you see and enjoy more of him.
And the best time to start is now. I’m in Joel and Revelation right now, which isn’t a natural place to ‘begin’ but why not there? God is everywhere in his word, and by January 1 you’ll have started a new habit which may feel less like obligation and more like food; something meant for your nourishment – even your survival – and for your enjoyment.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)