I’m a pastor’s wife and I have a hard time reading my Bible every day. There I said it. It’s actually the thing I’m trying to focus on during Lent this year — how to create a small habit that I know will feed me.
To that end, I’ve written a short article on some tips to develop a habit of reading daily. I think I’m still revolting over those little check-boxes Bible reading plans in my youth — how the boxes became the reason to read through the Bible more than any other love.
But we can also make the mistake of waiting around for lovey dovey feelings before we start something new. This is yet another way to fall off the wagon. Sometimes the discipline comes first, sometimes the feelings do. But to start any habit we need to help till the soil for growth to happen.
And just like exercise and diet, we make small changes that add up:
I love to fit into my skinny jeans, but I also really love to eat good food. When my pants start to get a bit tight, I’m faced with a dilemma: will I change my eating habits or not? Deciding is never a question of knowledge: I don’t need to know more about nutrition, or even plan out a rigorous diet if I want to lose ten pounds. More information and more advice will never affect change. What I need for change is to be captured by a greater love. I need to want to be healthy and fit into my jeans more than I want to eat chocolate cake. Being physically healthy is made up of a thousand small decisions about how I talk about my body, what I put into it and how I exercise it.
We change when we are captured by a greater love. Our spiritual lives are no different: to change we must pay attention to what we put in to our souls. If we say that God’s Word should shape our lives, then we need to move around in it. It needs to shape us. And it can’t shape us until we’ve first developed a healthy habit of simply reading it.
I‘m over at iBelieve with “How to Develop Healthy Bible Reading Habits: 5 Tips.” And don’t worry, they’re fun.
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