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What Have I Been Doing With My Life?

Say what you want about the ending, Lost remains my favorite TV show. Since the release of the first season, Corey and I have watched it 5 times from start to finish. It takes 91 hours to watch all 6 seasons. Do the math and I have spent 455 hours with Oceanic Flight 815 as they ran from monsters, fought the others, and tried to find their way back (don’t worry, no spoilers).

(Ready for this reality check?) According to a quick search on Google, a person can read the entire Bible in 60 to 75 hours.

(I wasn’t ready either.) After our most recent viewing of Lost, Corey shared this with me and I was pierced to the heart.

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. – Joshua 1:8

With a Bible in hand, reading it from cover to cover seems daunting. But in this light, my little-to-lack of reading seems almost deplorable! And that’s just one comparison. How many countless hours have I wasted when it only takes 12 minutes a day to feed my soul? I knew something had to be different in 2019.

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Like Keith (and most people in America it seems), I am not a New Year’s Resolution person. I’ve tried, but I fail to keep them every time. I knew I had to follow through on this conviction, so how was I going to successfully read through the Bible in a year? With hesitation, I turned to someone I knew would hold me accountable: my husband.

Corey is a reading machine and he reaches the goals he sets for himself. At first I didn’t want to ask him for help, afraid he would judge me for my lack of discipline. I set aside my pride, asked for help, and we made a plan.

It’s only been a week, but I’ve been in the word every day. I’m enjoying the time and it goes by really quickly. Most days I wish there were more and some days I read ahead. I can already tell a difference in my heart and mind. (Funny how spending time with God does this.)

Have you recently been convicted? Has God pierced your heart? Do something with it!  It’s not too late to make a change, set a goal, create a new habit, or find a new perspective for 2019. Then find someone you know will hold you to it.

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.Proverbs 27:17

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I am a 34-year-old hipster who enjoys visiting coffee shops with my husband. I am a Creative Arts Pastor at SoHills and am passionate about environments where opportunities are provided to encounter Christ. Anything done excellently captures my attention. And I know my dog is the cutest you've ever seen.


  1. Jean Daniel says

    Nicole, I can identify with this although I love to read. A few years ago I realized I had never read the entire Bible . I had read the New Testament several times but not the Old. I found a reading plan and started in January. I found it so interesting that there were days that I wanted to keep right on reading. I made it through the entire Bible by the end of the year, Now I just wish I could remember it all. I wish you luck. It is truly a fascinating book!

  2. Jen Heidorn says

    Nicole, this is a great thought. It’s certainly stirred my heart. Thank you!

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