“The Bible is not a Script for a funeral service, but it is the record of God always bringing life where we expected to find death. Everywhere it is the story of resurrection.” – Eugene Peterson
“He who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built is house on a rock foundation…” – Jesus
From the first disciples to Christians today, the Word of God has held a unique place in the life of a follower of Christ. In the earliest days that word was received and passed down orally– parent to child, rabbi to student, apostle to followers. Today it’s most commonly read. In fact, we have more ways of reading Scripture than ever before. We have access to translations, languages and resources in ways never before imagined.
Yet, it’s a struggle to develop a habit of regularly reading Scripture in a meaningful way. Here are 4 keys to developing a more consistent habit of reading Scripture.
Find a reading plan… and stick to it.
Find a reading plan that fits you. Many people are unsure how to begin or resume Scripture reading. Countless reading plans exist with many themes. Reading-the-Bible-in-a-year plans are great, but require 20-30 minutes of reading every night for most people. That may not be reasonable for you. Find a reading plan that fits your schedule, reading ability/enjoyment level. This year, my reading plan includes reading Psalms and Proverbs every day.
Find a time… and commit to it
Are you a morning person? Do you have a few minutes at lunch? What about after school before starting homework? Find a time in your day and set a notification. For most of us, mornings just before starting the day, or bedtime just before turning lights out are the most natural times. But, if that’s not you find another time. Most people have Bible apps giving access to the reading plan at any moment. Find a time of day and stick to it!
Pick a favorite translation
Find a translation that makes the most sense. You’re reading writings penned over 2000 years ago in different culture and language. In some cases those languages no longer exist. Scholars over the years have worked hard to translate these ancient writings making them more accessible to us today. So, find a translation that makes the most sense to you. Don’t get caught up in what’s the “best translation.”
Find one “take-away” each day
Find one take-away from your reading. Slow down, pray and examine yourself. Is there a word of comfort in the reading? Is there a challenge for you? Consider what’ going on in your life. Think about what’s happening around you. Read, re-read, pray until you find it. Take it a step further and journal it or write it in the margins of your Bible. Pray about it. You could even share it with a parent or someone else!
If you’ll commit to these 4 things the next few weeks you’ll begin to discover how Scripture becomes part of you, not just something you read.