Last January, we made one of those audacious goals to read the Bible chronologically in a year – as a family! I even made a category on the blog called family bible questions, assuming that the kiddos would have tons!
I’ll tell you a secret – I never thought we’d get this far.
Sure, I had the idea and really, really wanted to do it. I knew there would never be another time in our lives where it’d be feasible schedule-wise. But honestly — nope, never thought we’d get this far. The funny thing is, that I had to talk hubby into it. He immediately recognized the ginormous commitment and said he’d need to think about it… for weeks. And it wasn’t until January 1st that he said, “Sure. We’ll try it.”
I was gung ho! But who kept it going on the crazy nights? Hubby, that’s who.
So, if you decide to ever go for this family goal, I HIGHLY recommend both spouses be on board. Because like other audacious goals, you need some accountability to make it work.
Back to my point — reading the Bible chronologically rocks.. ESPECIALLY when you hit the New Testament. The gospels took on a whole new meaning not just for the kiddos, but for Mike & I.
I lost track of how many times something in the gospels would hit me square between the eyes BECAUSE of how we read it chronologically. I’d look up and find Mike looking at me with the same expression. And we’ve read these same gospels dozens of times before.
The coolest parts are seeing the kids faces, the recognition when their eyebrows raise in understanding each time Jesus fulfilled old testament prophecies or when Stephen or Paul remind people of what happened in Israel’s history. They get it. We don’t have to stop and explain what they’re talking about.
I’m sure there will be more questions as we get further into the New Testament, but the ones that have been raised have happened between child and parent in quiet moments. They were precious conversations that I’ll hold close to my heart.
So if you’re at all considering a goal like this for next year, I can’t recommend it enough!