chapter 3: Beginning with the Word

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

John 1:1-5, NIV

If I’m searching for simplicity, doesn’t it make sense to peel back the layers I have caked onto the core of life? How do I get back to the beginning? This verse from the gospel of John articulates the answer to my question so well.

I barrage myself with books, websites, podcasts, music, television…and more often than not, they are a distraction from the true Word.

In the past I have gravitated towards study guides when reading the Bible, but this year I have decided to read through the entirety of the Bible in a sort of “raw” way that I’ve never experienced before.

So far, when I make the time, it’s been refreshing. I’ve also picked up on many details I didn’t know about before in familiar Bible stories. My biggest struggle is consistency, but I’m working towards STARTING and FINISHING my day in God’s word.

Try it out:

I track my reading with one of the plans available through the Bible by Olive Tree app. Check them out and see if there’s one you’re interested in starting.


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