The final quarter of any sport is always the most important and today we’ve entered the final quarter of our read through the bible in a year.

Longridge SunsetIn the schedule I’ve been following the Proverb for today says: “The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.” It’s quite apt for where we are up to. It would be easy to consider that 75% is good enough, but it would be much better for us to consider how close to the end we are and how good it would be for us to press on to the end and complete the task.

Personally, I’ve been giving some consideration to what to do next year. My pondering had been around whether to rewind and start at the beginning again or whether to do something different. It seems a shame to let the established patterns simply slip away at the end of the year, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be exactly the same. Theodore Roosevelt once said: “A thorough understanding of the Bible is better than a college education.” and a “thorough understanding” takes a lifetime to gain. But the main reason for reading isn’t to give us head knowledge, it’s to inspire us and change us. Dwight L. Moody once said: “Where one man reads the Bible, a hundred read you and me.”

It’s time to press on to finish this year, but also to make plans for the next.