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January’s coming. With it, a lot of people make new-year resolutions. “This year’s gonna be different, ’cause this year I’m gonna do [BUCKET-LIST ITEM].” Some of these goals are realistic. Some not.

The year-long program makes the bible sound like this huge, insurmountable mountain to climb. It’s no such thing. Why, you can read it in a month. And no, I’m not kidding. A month. I’ve read it several Januarys in a row, and it takes me three weeks.

One possible schedule.

“But I don’t wanna read it so fast.”

Slowness is neither respect nor reverence. It’s just slowness. True, some people are slow because they wanna be careful and methodical, and that’s fine. People are also slow because they’re lazy: If they’re slow about it, they don’t have to work too hard. Or they’re procrastinating: Put off the parts of the bible they don’t like, then whip through those passages quickly. If slowness is just an excuse to avoid reading the bible, it’s hypocrisy to claim speed is disrespect.

True, if we read the bible so fast we haven’t comprehended anything, just so we can brag “I read it in one week; top that!”—yeah, it’s stupid. Too many people run marathons just so they can brag they ran marathons. So there are definitely people who speed-read bible so they can brag they sped-read bible. Don’t be one of those. If you’re struggling with reading comprehension ’cause a month is just too quick for you, take two or three. But 12 months, I still maintain, is impractically long. And foolish.