In my previous career, my employer was a big proponent of the management principle “measure what matters.” They had quantifiable goals for just about everything, from length of employment to number of phone calls the customer care line answered in an hour to how many Facebook ‘likes’ each post received.
It’s been several years since I worked for them, but some of those ideas stuck with me. This morning, I had a measurement moment when I picked up my phone and a notification caught my eye.
The text was a daily reminder for my Bible In One Year app. “Good morning, Kell. Day 99 is waiting for you.” Day 99. I’ve read the Bible every day for 99 days. That’s a lot of days. I’m on the threshold of 100. Nearly a third of the year I’ve spent each day deliberately with God.
If this sounds like a brag, I’m sorry. It kind of is, and it’s kind of not.
It kind of is a brag because I’m proud to have begun this new habit. My life has changed because of it, and I’m not just saying that. Seriously. I’ll write another post on the measurable ways my life has changed since I started reading the Bible. But for now, I’ll just leave it at I feel genuine joy in my life more often than I used to.
Another thing that’s changed – I feel physical longing to read the Bible every day. No matter what else I have going on, until I’ve read, I feel incomplete. It’s weird. The closest thing I can compare it to is thirst. I crave my time with the Bible.
Ninety-nine days later I’m the same, but I’m not. I’m flawed. I’m selfish, arrogant, impatient, envious. But I’m reading about people from history who are just as flawed as me and God loved them. Forgave them. Taught them. Sent His Son to die for them so He could be with them forever.
Ninety-nine days later I’m finding that the more I read, the less alone I feel in the world. So I want 99 more days. And 99 after that. Because after all these years, I’m finally learning to measure what really matters, and it’s not Facebook likes.