I had been a Christian for decades, attended church all my life, earned a degree in religion from a Baptist college, and earned 2 seminary degrees before I read through the entire Bible. Nothing has changed my life more than consistently reading God’s Word. I keep reading not only to know what the Bible teaches about living this life well, but to know God better; when I meet him face to face I want it to be the happiest, most glorious reunion I’ve ever experienced.
If Reading Through the Bible is on your To-Do List may I offer some suggestions?
- Have a plan. Most successful projects start with a good plan. There are lots of good Bible reading plans out there and since the most important goal is being in God’s Word everyday pick the one that works best for you and go with it. Click here for an easy-to-follow, printable copy of the one I use.
- Set a time. Our days are full of important tasks and reading the Bible can get crowded out by the demands of life. Decide what time of day is consistently best for you and keep that appointment with God.
- Choose a place. As much as I like to be cozy and comfortable early in the morning (my reading time) it is a recipe for dozing off while I read. God’s Word is full of adventure, comedy, drama, and truth and I don’t want to miss any of it. I sit at the table with a notebook and pen handy while I read. Eric sits in his favorite chair and uses the YouVersion Bible app to listen to his Bible reading. Find your happy reading/listening place and go there.
- Just do it.
• There are days that I don’t feel like reading the Bible. Yep. That’s the truth. I am prone to laziness at times. I want to lay in bed or drink coffee and listen to music or watch TV and eat.
• There are days that I think I don’t have time to read the Bible. I’m also prone to craziness—the kind that makes me wake up way too early and try to do everything on my undone to-do list from the last six months.
(Neither of those extremes blesses my family or me. Reading God’s Word renews and restores me and sets the tone for my day.)
• There are days when I don’t want to read the Bible because I know that the day’s reading is full of “begats” or something that seems irrelevant to my life. Read those passages anyway. Daily Bible reading is a habit worth developing and for every word you can’t pronounce or verse you can’t understand, there are a hundred that will make you say, “Wow” and change your day or even your life.
4. Don’t quit. This is the most important tip I can give you. Do. Not. Quit. If you miss a day for whatever reason, let it go! Pick up with the current day’s reading only. Don’t try to catch up. Every day is a new day to read God’s Word and be transformed by it. If you skip a week or even a month, start there and finish strong. God’s Word is alive and active and powerful. He gave it to us as a love letter to cherish, not a ball and chain to drag around.
5. Change your goal. I tend to set too many goals, unachievable goals, burdensome goals. My all-or-nothing-thinking gets me in the ditch
sometimesa lot. I’m learning to be as kind to myself as I am to others—to rest in grace when my harsh, finger pointing ways wound me. Will you do the same? If you get a week or a month into your goal and it’s too heavy, will you please lay it down? Kick it to the curb if you need to. Find a new Bible reading goal that suits you better in this season of life. Maybe you need to commit to a verse a day, the New Testament in a year, or reading a Proverb a month. I can help you with that. Don’t be afraid to say, “I need to try something different.” God’s Word is life-changing. Period. Every verse. Every chapter. Every book. You need not read it cover to cover to be changed by it.
So let’s do this!
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Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5