Go Public with Your Reading Plan

When we tell other people about our goals, we’re more likely to follow through and complete them. Even if you only mention it casually, it’s like making a check mark in your mind: “I need to do that.” Every time we talk to that person later, we’re reminded of our commitment. In this way, our relationships compel us to do the things we actually wanted to do in the first place.

Our friends and loved ones help us too, often without even realizing it, just by bringing it up: “Hey, remember you told me you were going to do that Bible reading plan this year? How’s that going? Where are you in it? How much have you read?”

Make your goal to read the Bible each day a part of your normal conversation. When you’re talking to your friends or family about everything else going on your life, even just casually mentioning it is enough.

Deuteronomy 11:18–21 says, “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.”
(New Living Translation)

There’s power in bringing the other people in your life…actually into your life.

Want a little extra help? Tomorrow, we’ll tell you how you can take this idea further.

4 Replies to “Go Public with Your Reading Plan”

  1. This is an awesome idea!! In Romans 10:9-10, God gives us the principle that we are committed to what we confess. We are what we believe. We are committed to what we confess. When we confess what we believe, we are committed to our beliefs. If we don’t confess it, we don’t have to admit to believing it. If we don’t have to admit to believing it, we can change our beliefs.

    Can’t thank you enough for all you’re doing. My wife and I love your resource and use it every day to help us maintain regular, structured time in God’s word. I find myself constantly asking people if they’re familiar with your website and mobile apps. You’re awesome!!


  2. youversion is a daily staple in our household. Parents/kids…we all use it. What a remarkable blessing it is to us! My 13 y/o son shared the ap with his teacher yesterday. He’s in too! Thanks for blessing our lives. You are making such a difference for the Kingdom!

  3. I am trying my very best to stick to a reading plan, that I even went as far as creating a blog where I can jot down my thoughts on a daily basis, and see my progress. May God help me out on this 🙂

  4. We are encouraging our whole congregation to particiapte in the Essential 100 Reading Plan. Folks are loving it.
    Pastor Paul Knight

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