For the twenty years I sought to be a disciple, I read scriptures daily, usually for at least an hour. I believed . . . and was led to believe . . . that if I missed one day of reading, then God would be mad at me plus I would probably be in the ditch with a bottle of Jack Daniels and a hooker by the next day. We were taught that the Bible is the bread of life, so miss it one day and you starve to death spiritually.
But I disagree with that. Sometimes I think it is even healthy to get away from scriptures, for a while. The reason is, we can become so indoctrinated into what scriptures mean that what we are really doing is looking at words on a page and our minds are "reading" what we have been told it means . . . if that makes sense.
I remember years ago when I was in the thick of Arabic school in Cairo. It was the hardest think I had ever done. It was called "Intensive Arabic Studies" and it was. My mind was so overloaded that I couldn't even remember English grammar anymore. So, the first year ended. We ( my wife and our three small sons, ages 1-5) flew to Switzerland and lived in a pup tent for a month . . . because my wife and I were both near an emotional breakdown (things you can't say in a missionary news letter). It was soooooooooo refreshing. Backpacking down to the village below us once a week to buy groceries, then back up on the mountain. I never gave Arabic one thought during that month.
It was the most amazing thing that when we landed back in Cairo, I came out of the airport, into the busy streets . . . and I could speak Arabic . . . for the first time. I wasn't fluent, but I could speak, put together sentences with proper syntax and conjugated verbs.
So, I actually think it is a good thing to get away from scriptures for awhile. But I feel poised to go back. Our pastor asked for volunteers to read through the Bible in 90 days. I was tempted to sign up. But, like Johan said, I am so busy right now. I'm still trying to get a business off the ground and keep itt afloat. I did make a financial pledge to my new church and am failing that badly so I don't want to make a pledge to read the Bible in 90 days.
The thing is, I'm looking forward, now that my mind has been emptied from all the Evangelical socialization, to try and see what it really says.
I'm also poised to get back to my GERMFASK story, which I promised to finish.