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A Goal You Can’t Live Without

By: Kristen Clark

I pulled up to a coffee shop several days ago with my sister, Ellissa, for our weekly mentoring meeting. She graciously asked me to be her mentor earlier this year and we’ve had some incredible meetings over the past 6 months.

As we prepared to get out of the car she began telling me about a really interesting New Years fact she heard about. She went on to tell me about the shocking difference someone discovered when they compared the top 3 New Year’s goals of the 1940’s to the top 3 New Year’s goals of today.

Here’s what they look like:

2015:

1. Lose weight
2. Get more organized
3. Spend less money and save more

1940:

1. Go to church more
2. Spend more time with my family
3. Have better character

Wow.

What a difference in goals! I was blown away by the stark contrast as she shared this fact with me. It’s obvious that the mindset and priority of most Americans has changed quite a bit in the past 75 years.

What’s even worse, of all the people who make New Years goals this year only 8% will actually complete them.

Yikes!

Looking at the contrasting goals and considering how low the modern completion rate is, caused me to pause and think about my own personal New Year’s goals and to question what I find most important and valuable in my life. My mind hopped down a rabbit trail and I wondered what the #1 most life changing goal could be for a person.

If I could only choose one New Year’s goal for 2015 that I couldn’t live without, I wonder what would it be?

What would yours be?

Maybe exercise five days a week? Eat healthier foods? Read solid Christian books? Spend more time investing in your siblings? Read GirlDefined blogs every week? (wink)

All of those goals are great ones to have and will definitely bring some benefit to your life, but none of these are as life changing as the one goal I’m thinking of.

The most important goal I’m thinking of has brought incredible life changing results to millions of lives over the years. It has given people hope and inspiration, passion and perseverance, purpose and identity.

It has the power to transform your life from an ordinary girl with a ho-hum life to a girl-on-a-mission with a vision to change the world.

What is it? I’m sure you can guess.

Reading the living, breathing, Word of God.

Before you shrug your shoulders and roll your eyes…hear me out! Although that might sound ordinary and basic to you, it’s not. It’s massive!

Have you ever wondered why so many Christians struggle with the same sins as the world and don’t find victory over them? Have you ever wondered why Christian marriages seem to be falling apart more and more? Have you wondered why so many Christians fall prey to sexual sins and don’t overcome them?

I’m convinced one of the biggest reasons Christians are not finding victory and freedom in their lives today is because they’re not reading and applying the life changing Word of God.

A study done by Lifeway Research found that 90% of churchgoers “desire to please and honor Jesus in all they do,” but only 19% personally read the Bible every day.

Only 19%.

How are we, as Christians, supposed to gain wisdom for our lives and victory over sin if we’re not even reading our Bibles? How are we supposed to transform our thinking and “put off our old selves” if we’re not even cracking open the source of all truth?

Despite the fact that there are 6,001,500,000 Bibles in print today, Christians haven’t always been this lazy and complacent about reading God’s Word.

Listen carefully to what these “old-time” Christians had to say about the Bible.

“The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.” ― George Muller

“The soul can do without everything except the word of God, without which none at all of its wants are provided for.” ― Martin Luther, On Christian Liberty

“A casual relationship with the Word of God reflects a casual relationship with the Son of God.” ― Unknown Author

“The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.” ― D.L. Moody

Like these faithful Christians from the past, I am convinced that there is nothing more powerful and life-transforming than the Word of God. That is why reading the Bible is a goal you really can’t (and shouldn’t) live without this year.

And that brings me to my personal challenge for you.

My challenge for you and every GirlDefined reader for 2015 is to commit to reading your Bible once a day, every day this year. Whether it’s 5 minutes or an hour is up to you, as long as you read the Bible every day.

Pick up your Bible, flip to a certain book (Proverbs is a great place to start) and begin reading…today. I am personally starting at the beginning of the New Testament and will read through it and study it over the next few months.

Will you join me in this New Year’s Goal??

I hope you will!

Your life will never become transformed by the power of God if you don’t take the time to read, meditate and apply His Word to your life.

Here’s a few great resources to help you get started.

Bible Reading Plans for 2015

She Reads Truth

I pray you will take this challenge to heart and make a commitment to read your Bible every day. When the end of 2015 rolls around, you will have either grown stronger in your walk with God, or weaker. And it all depends on how much time you choose to invest in His Word.

How about you?

  • Do you fall in the 19% of Christians who read their Bibles or do you fall in the other category? How often do you currently read your Bible?
  • Do you have any tips or ideas on how to get your Bible reading in every day? I’d love to hear about them.
  • If you’re up for the challenge, share with me below what Bible reading plan you’re doing and/or how you read your Bible!

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  • Hannah

    Great post, Kristen! My Dad has always put a big emphasis on reading our Bibles every day, and I’m so glad. The more you read and find wisdom, the more you will thirst for it!
    I love the quote you included by D. L. Moody too! Thanks so much!

  • CT

    I might also mention that it’s one thing to open your Bible and read, another to soak in all the truth in just a short passage. The latter requires much work, but adds much more vibrancy to your time with Christ.

  • Abby

    I’ve been trying to read my Bible everyday for the past year and it really does help! I finished the New Testament and started on the Old Testament a few months ago. I’m currently near the end of Johsua. Great post! It’s nice to hear someone address the real goals we should have in our lives. 🙂

  • Ana Yefimov

    I like to have my portion of the Bible sent to my inbox every morning. I’ve made it a habit to even before I get out of bed, to grab my Ipad, and read my Bible. I use the Bible app. I’m reading through the New Testament in a year, so they are shorter passages that I can think about throughout the day.

  • Elizabeth Williams

    Those are some interesting statistics! I personally read my Bible every morning before I do anything else. It’s so important for me to have that time with God. It’s like an appointment that I can NOT miss. I didn’t really make and New Year’s resolutions but I have been thinking about that topic a lot. I don’t think we should make them the way the world makes them. Exercise, lose weight, eat healthier, etc……all those things are great. But I think when we make a resolution, we should surrender it over to God and ask Him to give us the strength and resolve. Our own strengths are very limited! Great post!

  • Becca

    This is such a good thing to write about! I’m glad you extended this challenge for all who read this!

  • I read my Bible every day (I’m trying to start reading it morning and night).

  • Anne K.

    I’m happy to read this blog post because I started reading one chapter of the old and one chapter of the new testament daily in the last days of december and I come to enjoy it because there is so much treasure in it and to read the old and new testament both is really enriching – you see parallels and you get questions. And getting questions and being curious to get answers is what I missed about my faith life when I didn’t read my bible that often. Be blessed & greetings from Germany. 🙂

  • Dannae

    I read my Bible everyday so I’m definitely up for the challenge of continuing that. I decided to read through the New Testament and I read a little every night.

  • melanie

    I am definitely going to join you on this! Also I checked out SheReadsTruth, and I absolutely love it! Thank you!! 🙂

  • Phoebe Saywell

    I lost my internet for a few days so when I checked up on these blogs I saw this and I feel a renewed focus on the bible! I think we should also address the issue that Christians a tree went praying enough, one of my favourite hymns is ‘what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer’ prayer is our communication with our Father, we should bring everything to Him who loves us! (Not just big things, God can help always!) Thanks for the great post! 🙂

  • Evangelin

    Recently I started reading through Acts. So I’ve had the same Bible for the past 3 years and I’ve never marked in it. But I’ve just started marking in it and I got a little notebook yesterday and started right in the little notebook things that I underline and try to make it more personal for me. Example: “It is not for [me] to know time or seasons that the Father has fixed by His authority.” (Acts 1:7) I enjoy my time with God during the day so much more when I see it personally. I’m also recording prayers in the little notebook so that when I look back I can see how God’s been at work and answered prayer. God is good all the time!

  • Nikole, God’s Child

    I wish I had a sister like you


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