The Ultimate Marathon

The following is from the One Year Bible Blog. I never really thought of reading through the Bible as a Marathon but I like the analogy. After reading the Bible through about the same number times I have run a Marathon makes it even more intriguing. Enjoy your reading and remember to pray for insight and understanding before you read each day.


January 1, 2009

On Your Mark. . . Get Set. . .

Hi everyone,
Let’s Go! The picture above is from the start of the 2002 New York City marathon on the Verrazano Bridge. I think a marathon picture is appropriate for what we have just collectively started. We are embarking on a spiritual marathon – together. I do think that this one of the beauties of why people run marathons: they run marathons with a lot of other people. They build up camaraderie and friendship with so many others as they train for and then run the marathon. And that is my hope for our journey together through the One Year Bible in 2009 as well. I pray we’ll build up camaraderie and friendship with each other along the way.

Now, the other important thing to keep in mind about marathons is that they are not easy

. But they are certainly not impossible. And this will hold true with our One Year Bible marathon. While it is true that we are in this together, it is also true that this will be a very personal marathon journey between you and God. We’ll each need God to be running this marathon alongside of us if we hope to make the 365 days that lie ahead. This is why I cannot encourage you enough to pray frequently for discipline, good habitats, and joyful perseverance in this beautiful journey to come. “Habits Determine Success” – I read this short 3-word quote on the back of a T-shirt at a 10K road race several years ago. It has stuck with me. I love it. Many of us will be starting up a new habit of reading the Bible for 15 minutes each day over the course of a year. As you know from many good and bad habits, once you stick with something for a few weeks it will stick with you. So, please be extra diligent in early January to pick up the Bible and actually read it each day for 15 minutes. J You’ll want to create this good habit early on in the process.


I hope and pray that you realize that you are embarking on a spiritual marathon that could very likely change how you live the rest of your life

. As Paul teaches us in Second Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.”


Let us prepare our hearts and minds for this amazing spiritual marathon that lies ahead!

Let each of us invite God into the process. And let us build up a wonderful habit of reading from God’s Holy Word for 15 minutes each day in 2009. This will be a year none of us will ever forget. Thank you for joining me on the One Year Bible journey in 2009! On Your Mark. Get Set. Let’s Go!

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