Just a warning: There will be some tough love in this post. But it’s really in here for your own good. Or for your fellow readers’ good.
And I do love you just the same whether you finish with us in October or not.
Okay, here goes:
I feel compelled to ask the question: How is your reading coming along?
I just care too much about this and don’t want anyone to get left behind.
For some of you, you are cruising along, having the time of your life, feeling inspired at every turn.
Others of you are plowing through, making changes in your schedule and staying on track.
A few of you are also plowing along, loving it, but feeling a little behind here and there.
And then there are some of you who feel as though you are so behind that there may not be any hope in finishing with the rest of us October 2.
If you are in the last group, you may start to wonder if you should even try to catch up. (Although I hope Kari’s post last week on a mega almost-30-day catch up cleared that up for a bunch of you.)
You might start justifying stopping by saying “I’m reading more of the Bible than I have, so I’ll just switch to the one-year plan,” Or, ” I’ll pick back up in a few days and finish in 110. Nothing lost if I do that. I’m spending more time in the Word, so that’s okay, right?”
To this I say “No, it is not okay. ” (I warned you about the tough love.)
When you decided that you wanted to jump in and join us in this challenge, you did it for a reason. And that was because you wanted to commit yourself to read, attentively, every word of the Bible in 90 days with the rest of us. You likely also had a reason why you wanted that.
I’d like for you to think back on why you wanted to read every word of the Bible in 90 days. Write it down. And let’s make that happen. Together.
We don’t have face-to-face meetings as most 90-day reading groups have, so it’s a bit of a challenge for me and our team of mentors to encourage every single one of you individually. But every single one of you is important to us. And as a group we can encourage each other to get it done.
If you fall out of the group, you will lose the rest of your team praying for you and cheering for you. And you’ll lost the accountability factor which definitely leads to success in this program.
If you stop now, it is quite likely you will not pick back up again. And it is very likely you will not finish. Ever.
I want you to finish. For you.
So what can I do to help? And what can the rest of our team of readers do to help? Leave a comment with why you are struggling or how we can pray for you. And I’ll do whatever I can to help you succeed. Also, send your mentor a note directly and let her know you are struggling. She wants to encourage and help you, too. If you signed up using the B90 Days form a few weeks back and you don’t know who your mentor is, please send me a note and I’ll let you know. Or if you didn’t sign up that way and would like a mentor, I would be happy to set you up with one.
For those that aren’t behind, or aren’t in danger of slipping too far back, I have a few questions for you:
1. Why did you decide to read the Bible in 90 days and why are you sticking to it?
2. Have you seen any change in your life as a result of this commitment? If so, what?
Please, whether you are behind, on schedule or ahead, consider leaving a comment that might help someone else who needs it as your check in comment this week. Also let us know where you are in the reading. I promise no judgment no matter where you are, just lots of love.
And, as always, please feel free to email me anytime using the green button on my sidebar.
I really love each of you and want to celebrate in October with all of you after having read the entire Bible together. You CAN do it!
So… how’s it coming? Please leave a comment at the end of this post as this week’s check in and, if you are blogger, you know the linky drill: Be sure to link up directly to your blog post and also mention and link to this post on the post on your own blog.
You will be able to leave a comment on this post until I close the comments right after I wake up Tuesday morning. You will be able to join the linky until Tuesday at 2 a.m. CST. To view the comments once they are closed, click on the title of this post. Then, scroll down to the bottom of the post and click where it says “127 Comments.” This will open the comments up for viewing. There are some very encouraging ones, so I would encourage you to take a look if you have time.
I’m excited for each of you for having the courage to commit to this challenge. And I know your life will be changed by Him after reading the whole Bible, cover to cover, in 90 days.
Hope to catch ya tonight on Twitter from 8-9 CST using the #B90Days hashtag! Bring your questions and get ready to chat!