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WHAT LOSING MY 284 DAY STREAK ON THE YOUVERSION BIBLE APP TAUGHT ME

When the YouVersion Bible app first added streaks and perfect weeks last year, I was a little sceptical.

I may or may not have had thoughts along the lines of: “Um… why?” “This isn’t Snapchat!” “Let’s not force it now. In the world but not of it… remember?!” But I can admit when I’m wrong (well.. most of the time I can) and quickly found myself building a nice ‘streak’ of daily time spent on the Bible app.

‘Streaks’ are a nice way to encourage yourself to read your Bible daily – even if it’s just the verse of the day – and build a healthy habit of enjoying the word of God.

When travelling home from a trip to Atlanta, USA, I crossed into the next day because of timezones but I didn’t realise. I left America on Wednesday evening and got to London on Thursday evening and at some point – while I was million feet (not entirely scientifically accurate) in the air – there was evening, and there was morning – the next day. So by the time I went to bed and woke up, my 284-day streak, along with my heart, was broken.

The funny thing about this is that it almost happened a few days early. The lovely hosts my sister and I were staying with in Atlanta had their internet/wifi cut for 24 hours at some point during our second week there. My first thought (and yes this was my first thought – I’m weird!) was “Oh no! I’m going to break my streak.” That’s not good and here’s why.

What had initially started as a great tool to encourage me to read the Bible more consistently, had became a bullet point on my bullet point list of reasons why I am such a good person.

Slowly, and subtly, pride crept into my heart and festered. It was nourished and steadily grew until that day when I realised that I was prideful. I was saying screaming, look at me, I’ve read my Bible every single day for the last 284 days – and truth be told, that’s just when they created ‘streaks’ on the app. I was reading it daily before then too.

Two claps for you, Paula! A pat on the back too!

It does not matter what number my streak was. The gag is: was God’s word actually touching and changing my heart? Or was it just another thing I do every morning. Is it as routine as brushing my teeth, something I can do absentmindedly, without having to engage my brain, heart or spirit?

This is an honest conversation to be had between God and I. 

When I broke my streak this morning I was a little upset. It was an “aww okay” moment. I sat quietly and mourned for a second before doing what I do in most life situations – post about it on social media!

All dramatics aside (me, dramatic? Never!) I am okay with breaking my streak because it has forced me to check myself, check the state of my heart and check my priorities.

What am I doing and why I doing it?

Is it give myself the glory (even if it’s just from myself. From me, to myself.) or to reflect the glory of God?

My priorities are crazy sometimes – like in this situation, I just got a lil buzz each time I saw the number increase in days of my streak. I’d sit there looking at my phone, grinning to myself – like a weirdo. 

I now have another chance to ensure that every time I go on my Bible app (or the hardback version – although that RARELY happens. I like the app because of the easy access to different translations, notes, search, Bible plans, verse images and highlighting etc. I’m such a millennial! I bought myself a Bible in my favourite colour – purple – in a bid to try and read a physical Bible more. Let’s see if it works!), it is to fully enjoy God’s word and reflect His glory alone!

Peace&Love.

Paula Melissa xx

Paula Melissa is a freelance digital content creator, trainee journalist and portrait photographer. Since starting a blog in 2012, Paula has gone on to create and grow her own dynamic digital media empire. She loves reading, eating and spending time with her dog, Rolfie.
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19 thoughts on “WHAT LOSING MY 284 DAY STREAK ON THE YOUVERSION BIBLE APP TAUGHT ME

  1. Thank you for this. I woke up and immediately checked my phone to make sure I didn’t miss a day (literally sweaty palms because I was scared I missed a day) and I did miss. My streak is over and I’m back to one. I wanted so see if someone else has missed a big streak and I found this post. Then I had to check my heart just like you. I took to much pride in my high number. That’s not what God intended. Thank you for this. I needed the perspective!!!!

    1. Hey Shay, thanks for reading and commenting! I know exactly how you feel and I’m glad you found this post relatable. God bless x

  2. Great post. My streak actually just disappeared even when I had read yesterday so I was very upset. I was googling why it happened and came across your post and now I realize I was having prideful moments instead of desiring to learn from God’s word!

    1. Hi Debbie, thanks so much for reading and commenting!! I know how you feel. It is a very thin line to walk on. God bless x

  3. I was at 155 days two days ago and didn’t open the app (the verse of the day was short enough that I didn’t have to open the app to see it), and was momentarily devastated to have lost my streak. Then I had to admit that I’d been thinking a lot about my streak lately and how proud I was of it. I’ll be honest, it still stings a little because I beat myself up about everything, but I realize that it was more about the streak than connecting with the word of God. Sometimes I’d open the app just to keep the streak going and that’s definitely not what I want!

  4. Thank you for this! I came across it while googling how to take it off. There are times that I do read my physical bible and not the app. There were days that I know I read in the Bible app but it didn’t count. I totally agree with you.

  5. Honestly this was such a great read and convicting! Where’s our hearts in this, had to re-check myself. Like a lot of people I was also checking if others had a lost streak. I’m back down to one now but after reading this I’m all good with it! Reanalyzing my intentions and motives ha! ❤️

    1. Hi, thanks so much for reading! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed this post and got something from it 🙂

  6. I’ve had this happen myself due to time changes and what not. Here’s a little tip, all you have to do is set the clock on your phone back a few hours and then get on the Bible app. When you set your clock back to the correct time the streak will be back. Basically just tricks the app.

    1. Hi Shane, thanks for reading. Yes someone told me about this little trick but it only really works within a day.

  7. I broke the app at 615 days.. so eventually it will roll over. The reason I know that I didn’t miss is because my weekly streak is still intact.

  8. I would like to add that I have read the Bible completely three times (and soon to be four) with friends in group plans on the Youversion Bible app. All within my current streak. Before, I was terrible at being consistent at reading my bible, or reading any book. I’m just not a reader. But the streak has helped me keep going at moments.

    1. Hey Michael, love to hear that! That’s exactly why they added the feature, to help people stay consistent – glad it’s working for you. Thanks for reading 🙂

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