Remember that “Through the Bible in 90 Days” program I started a while ago, well I have turned it into “Through the Bible in Somewhere Between 120 to 150 Days,” which is still better than I have ever done in my life, since, as I mentioned, I have never read straight through the Bible before. Currently I am in the book of Chronicles, which reads like this, “Mizraim was the father of the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites, Pathrusites, Casluthites (from whom the Philistines came) and Caphtorites. Caanan was the father of Sidon his firstborn, and of the Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites and Hamathites,” and it goes on like this, peppered with a few stories here and there, until the very end. Yaaay!
Part of the reason why I have moved to the slow track, is that I recently have been given the chance to teach a Medieval & Early Modern history course, which is going to require a lot of preparation. My forte is Western intellectual history and historical theology, by comparison I am weak in the cultural and political aspects of Western history. Along with this, I am required to provide some coverage of African and Asian history, which is way out of my field. So, I am feeling a little pressure to get both an overview of these areas, as well as fill in some detail. This means a lot of reading, and since I can’t bend time, and because I am not a fast reader, this further means there is competition for my reading time. Along with this, I am feeling more pressure to do the reading for my history class, as I so desperately don’t want to be a bumbling ass in front of a class full of college students.
So, in short, ego trumps spiritual growth.