05 Apr The Go-At-Your-Own Pace Life Journaling Plan
“It’s not about what you can do; it’s about what you can keep doing.”
It’s April. The first quarter of 2016 is over and those January goals are looking less sustainable. The motivational meter plummets in multiple areas, including quiet times with God.
This year, our church set out to read the Scriptures systematically and intentionally through a program called Life Journaling. Recently, my wife Lynley opened up with me and voiced a struggle that she has been having with our current approach. The conversation generated an idea/modification.
The Present Predicament: “I can’t keep up and I don’t like to skip!”
Some people love the predetermined reading schedule, complete with Old and New Testament readings. They are able to keep up the pace with both Old and New Testament readings, or perhaps they focus on the New Testament only. Other people, however, are struggling with the amount of reading and the guilt they feel when they get behind. It’s difficult to jump from Acts 3 to Acts 7 without feeling like something significant was missed. Some peoples’ brains just don’t work that way.
The Proposed Solution: Go-At-Your-Own-Pace
The go-at-your-own pace Life Journaling plan means you simply use a bookmark. Instead of feeling pressured to keep up with the pack, you choose quality over quantity and work through a particular book of the Bible at a time. The SOAP method is still employed. You search for a Scripture for the day. You make observations. You brainstorm application, and you pray. The only difference is: you bite off as much as you want to chew, and you refuse to feel guilty about your times with God. Jesus died so that guilt would go away—not so that we would walk around feeling like failures all the time.
It has been said, “It’s not about what you can do; it’s about what you can keep doing.” Have you lost heart with the whole Life Journaling thing? Get back on the horse and go at your own pace. Pick an “easy win” like the Psalms, or the book of James and SOAP a chapter a day.
Make this program a custom fit. There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus—not even in the category of quiet time.