How to EAT an Elephant?
One Bite at a Time.
The answer to this question is one way of talking about beginning & finishing an enormous task. Another illustration… “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
I’m inviting you on a journey with me in 2021. A journey through the scriptures. Admittedly, it appears at first as a daunting task. Some have said, “where do I even begin?”
I can empathize, the Bible is…
66 Books, with 1,189 chapters.
929 chapters in the Old Testament.
260 chapters in the New Testament
Where do we begin?
How do we stay motivated?
What does it mean to me?
The answer to these questions is the same answer to the question; “How do you EAT an Elephant?” One bite at a time.
Jesus said, “I Am the Bread of Life.” This discourse about Himself, He is not referencing the Lord’s Supper. Rather, He is encouraging followers to learn everything we can about Him. This is done through reading His word. [John 6:22-68]
Following is a 3-step overview of how to EAT an Elephant, then a Bible Reading Plan for 2021;
3 Steps for how to…
EAT an elephant?
The first thing is to break it into…
EASY to manage, smaller bites. (A Bible Reading Plan)
Just as we have regular eating times, we should set an…
APPOINTED time to bite, chew & digest. Nothing ever gets done until it is scheduled. (Set an Appointment with yourself)
The hardest part has been in taking the first bite, now just…
TAKE another bite. Then rest a bit. Chew on what you’ve read.
Psalm 1 says; “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (emp mine seb)
The Hebrew word for meditate literally means to chew the cud. It is an agrarian term used for us to compare how cows digest their food & how we can study God’s word. Cows sit and ‘chew the cud’ so as to squeeze out as much nutrition from their food as is possible. So, take small manageable bites. Meditate upon what you’ve read. Then TAKE another bite.
Here is an easy Bible Reading Plan for 2021. Here are a few helpful tips.
- Maintain your own pace, each according to their own ability.
- If you miss a day, just read what is appointed for that day.
- Read to understand not just to get through the material.
Pray for wisdom. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” [James 1:5]