One New Year’s resolution is really all you need. With this resolution you will become anchored to Christ. You will receive personal revelation on how to live your life in every other area—physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually. You will be able to have the Holy Ghost be more of a constant guide. You will have better prayers in answer to your questions. You will be strengthened by studying the doctrines of Christ. You will obtain a peace that you didn’t know was possible. I found this great quote by Scot Proctor while I was preparing a lesson for my Sunday School class. He is one of the founders of Meridian Magazine. I love how he says,
“Never, never, never miss.”
Scot Proctor said:
“May I briefly step upon my soapbox and add a personal note at the end of this lesson. What I am about to say I have said to every institute and gospel doctrine class I have taught, near the beginning of the semester or curriculum year, for the past twenty years.
“Brethren and Sisters, it is time for us to take seriously the admonition and counsel of the Lord and His prophets concerning the reading of the scriptures. It is time for us to read and study the scriptures every day, not casually, not reluctantly, not unwillingly, but with all of our hearts–and every single day, the rest of our lives. We should never miss, no, not one day. Today is the day we should start. Okay, so twenty years ago would have been the best day to start, but the second best day to start is today, this very day, Friday, January 5, 2001 or Saturday, January 6, 2001, or whatever day it is you are reading this endnote.
“It will change your life forever. You can set a goal, and obtain that goal, of reading the scriptures every day the rest of your life from this day forward-never miss. Never, never, never miss. I passed ten thousand days in a row nearly a year ago, I can invite you to do the same from a place where I know that the blessings that flow into your life are inestimable. Today is the day.”
“I know, sometimes you go to bed at night, you are beat, you had a hard day at the office, the kids nearly divided the house in two, the dog made a mess on the new carpet, you had not one, but two flat tires, and, ah, yes, the finances are so bad and you are feeling so much pressure to pay not just last month’s bills but everything is crashing down at once, yes, this is the time to commit, no matter what, at all hazards, you will read the scriptures every day, never fail, the rest of your life. You can do this. I know, you are about to doze off to sleep and the thought strikes your mind, “I didn’t read my scriptures today.” Fine, turn on your flashlight, your night- light your candle, whatever, read a verse of scripture, turn out the lights and go to bed. This cannot happen often, but use that in case of emergency. You can do this. I plead with you, all of you who are reading this lesson and these words (and there are untold thousands now throughout the world) to begin today. I still have students who come to me and say, “Scot, I am still doing it. Yes. October 24, 1994 I began reading the scriptures every day and I have never missed since.” Today is the day. Now is the time. It is the right thing to do. It will bless you forever. I promise.”
“You can set a goal, and obtain that goal, of reading the scriptures every day the rest of your life from this day forward-never miss. Never, never, never miss. I passed ten thousand days in a row nearly a year ago, I can invite you to do the same from a place where I know that the blessings that flow into your life are inestimable. Today is the day.”
I put 10,000 days into my calculator divided by 365 days and the answer is…27 years! Scot Proctor has never missed a day of scripture reading in 27 years! (Ok, 27.3972603 years) I like how he says,
“Okay, so twenty years ago would have been the best day to start, but the second best day to start is today, this very day…”
So what do you think? Will you do it? Personally, I got a church calling in fall of 2014 that made me study the scriptures a lot more—but I can still say I have missed some days.
“It will bless you forever. Today is the day.”
Take the Challenge! I am going to!