I’m usually not one for making official New Year’s resolutions. Rather, I simply do what I try to do on a daily basis, which is to be a little bit better than I was yesterday. While this isn’t going to a be a fancy resolution, it’s just a little something that I’m going to try to do this year.
As Christians, we should always strive to better ourselves and to emit love and kindness, shining a bit of light in the oftentimes dark world.
While I’ve made progress with my venture to read the Bible all the way through, cover to cover (I’m 44% done with it now), I wanted to do a little something else every day to strengthen my faith. That’s why I’ve decided to start reading Dr. Charles Stanley’s In Touch daily devotionals every day.
I’ve been subscribing to Dr. Stanley’s In Touch magazine for about a year now, and I must confess that most months, I got the little pamphlet and haphazardly flipped through it. However, upon closer inspection, I realized that the magazine that’s sent out every month is actually designed to be read over a 30-day period. There’s a one-page reading for each day of the month. Each page is probably less than 500 words. Just a short little article that stimulates the mind and causes it to reflect upon certain Christlike teachings or passages from the Bible.
So that is my New Year’s resolution: to get in the habit of reading one of these daily devotionals along with my standard daily Bible reading. While I am a huge advocate of reading the Bible for yourself so YOU can know what it says rather than just accepting what’s told to you, I also think it’s stimulating to take advantage of other resources as well that prompt your mind to reflect on points that you might not otherwise have derived on your own. Just like any type of sharing of ideas furthers discussion and leads to enlightenment, so does reading other people’s thoughts on biblical passages.
Here’s what each monthly pamphlet looks like:
Each day’s devotional even includes suggested Bible chapters to read if you want to read the Bible in an entire year. That would have been a great endeavor for me to undertake had I not already started reading it straight through. Plus, I suppose I’m too OCD to jump around chapters (at least for the first complete read-through).
If you’d like to join me on this daily devotional reading challenge, you can sign up for a digital or print subscription to In Touch at In Touch Ministries. It’s completely FREE, so you have nothing to lose. Plus, you’ll occasionally be presented with opportunities to get free Bibles, journals and other gifts of encouragement when you subscribe.
If you choose to embark on this journey with me, please let me know by commenting below. I truly hope you do!