Just a few weeks ago, I finished reading the Bible for the third time in my life. This time, unlike before, I followed a reading plan. “The Bible in 90 Days”, created by Ted Cooper, is the name of the plan I used. It requires an average 12 chapters of reading each day for 90 days. As with any daily reading plan, “The Bible in 90 Days” takes commitment and discipline. However, there were two other key ingredients that made this undertaking possible for me: my iPhone and YouVersion.
To answer vaguely, YouVersion is a ministry effort started by LifeChurch.tv. To answer simply, YouVersion is the Bible online. Anyone can visit YouVersion.com and read the Bible for free. Not only that, but you can sign up for a free account that will track your personal reading plans, allow you to bookmark verses, connect you with a community of believers, and enable a host of other free activities.
So how did YouVersion help me read the Bible in 90 days? Simple. YouVersion has a free iPhone app called “Holy Bible” that brings the Bible to me anytime, anywhere. If I have my phone, I have the Bible. The app also syncs to my YouVersion account which keeps track of any reading plan I commit to. When I launch the app, I know what reading I have to do, and where I left off.
Apple has a popular saying to solve any issue you have: “There’s an app for that.” And, it’s true. For anything you want to do, there is an app out there that will help you do it easier, faster, and sometimes better. That’s why the iPhone was key when it came to me reading the Bible in 90 days. I didn’t have to carry a book with me. In fact, I didn’t have to carry anything that I wasn’t already carrying. Nor did I have to buy anything. All I really had to do was waste less time on other apps.