June 23, 2017

How to Master Daily Bible Reading (TTB13)

How is your daily Bible reading going? Have you been struggling to keep up? It can be a daunting thing to read certain chapters every single day, especially if you’re not used to that sort of discipline. But it’s worth the struggle, I promise you.

How to Master Daily Bible Reading

Here are a few suggestions for staying faithful:

1. Determine what time of day is best for you to read.

Some people swear by early morning devotions. They read before they even get out bed, or at least before breakfast. Personally, my brain can’t focus until I’ve had some caffeine sustenance, so I read later in the day — usually while I eat lunch {it also reminds me to actually eatsince I often forget about lunch when I’m home!}. Or maybe you could read every night as part of your bedtime routine. It’s great to fall asleep with the words of Scripture in your mind.

Experiment a little. Choose a certain time, or place in your routine, and try it out for a whole week. If it works, great! If not, pick a different time and try that one out for a week. It’s going to be hard no matter when you choose to read, but if you read the same time each day, it grows into a habit — which makes it a little easier to remember and actually do it.

2. Remind yourself to read.

Once you determine your optimal time to read, set an alarm on your phone to remind you. If you’re using a YouVersion plan, change the settings to send a text or email reminder at a specific time each day. It might also help to find an accountability partner, and ask each other every single day whether you read or not. Maybe you can text as you prepare for supper, or while you’re brushing your teeth. Maybe a quick Facebook message or a tweet would work for you. Get creative!

Don’t rely on your brain to remember every day. And don’t beat yourself up if you forget! It takes time to establish routines, to build new habits. It grows “little by little, inch by inch.”

3. Don’t let one bad day ruin the whole year.

Have you ever been on a diet? It’s like that. If you mess up one day, that doesn’t mean you stop trying altogether. It’s not all-or-nothing: it’s one-day-at-a-time.

So if you miss a day, read what you missed and keep on going. If you miss a couple days, decide whether you’d do better to catch up or just skip ahead to that day’s reading. Sometimes playing catch-up can make you feel more behind, and you end up quitting: don’t let that happen to you. 

For example: Last year I got stuck in 2 Chronicles. It was a busy few weeks, and I was going several days between reading it. Every few days I would try to catch up, but I ended up feeling more and more behind. It  was discouraging, and at times I felt quitting the plan, because it was just “too hard” to catch up. I finally had to just let it go, and start again with the next book on the schedule.

I’m not saying that’s the best thing — but it’s certainly better than stopping altogether. Intermittent Bible reading is better than no Bible reading. However, keep the next thought in mind…

4. Always strive for excellence.

After all, your spiritual health should be of utmost importance. Yes, you may forget to read some days. Yes, you may end up skipping a few chapters. But always strive to be more faithful.

Think about it: if you have a disagreement with your best friend, you don’t just give up on the friendship completely. You may still be upset, but you keep working to stay close. Or if your best friend forgets a birthday, or some other important date, you don’t just give up on them. You don’t let one mistake ruin a good relationship.

And there is no relationship greater than the one between you and God! tweet that

So work at it. Put some elbow grease into it. Don’t be afraid to try.

And above all, pray about it.

 

QUESTIONS for YOU: How is your daily Bible reading going? Are you following a plan, or studying through a specific book? Any questions or comments from your reading?

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Comments

  1. Our family is using the M’Cheyne reading plan this year. Each of us reads on our own, but I’ve been surprised at how often the kids bring up something from what they read, whether it’s a question about chronology or a comment about a chapter ending on a real cliff hanger! I’m excited about adding this spiritual discipline to other things we’re doing.

  2. So far I have read the Bible everyday this year! Hey, that feels good to say, if I just forget that its only January 8th LOL

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