Starting today, every Wednesday through January we will be digging into God’s Word. On the agenda for today, finding time. It amazes me how we are able to find time for T.V and trips to the store to buy lots of things we really don’t need, but when it comes to spending time in God’s word, we somehow come back with saying there just is not enough time in the day to make it happen. Don’t think I am not guilty of this, because I sure am. So how can we go from excuses to habit?
Just like when we talked about setting a goal for the new year, we have to be intentional about getting into God’s Word. We need to make it a priority everyday, day in and day out. Having Dyslexia myself, reading is just not something I like to do for fun. Sure, I can read just fine, but it is work. Anything you have to work at constantly is just not relaxing. Relaxing for me would be watching T.V. or soaking in a tub, but definitely not reading. However, I know that getting into God’s Word is so important. Here are two verses that explain why.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
2 Timothy 3:16 NLT
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Hebrews 4:12 NLT
Now that we can recognize that getting into God’s Word is so important for our lives, how do we start? Here are some simple steps to hopefully help you stop all the excuses and start enjoying God’s Word. Yes, I did say enjoying.
- Take a hard look at your daily routines. Is there even a 15 minute window where you could squeeze in some reading? Is there a time where you generally feel relaxed and could read during that time? What do you do first thing in the morning? Could you drink your coffee while you read some of God’s word, instead of just dazing off. What about right before bed? Instead of that T.V show, could you call it quits earlier and climb in bed for some reading? It doesn’t matter what time it is, just find a time that works best for you and your routines.
- Whatever time you picked, after looking at your routines, you need to stick with. The only way to keep a habit, is to actually have a habit. Habits are hard to get started, but once they are solid, they are soooo hard to break and that is just what we are looking for. The habit of reading God’s Word daily.
- Just like our new year’s goal, we need to tell others what we are doing. By letting others into our plan, we are more apt to succeed. They are able to help hold you accountable for meeting your daily goal of reading God’s Word. If it is family, great. If it is a best friend down the road, great. It doesn’t matter if they live with you or not, but that they are able to check in with you each day to see if you are sticking with your plan of reading. Maybe set up a specific time each day that they call to check in with you.
So far we have looked at our routine and found a time that works for us to read God’s Word. We are sticking with the same time everyday and we have told others to hold us accountable for reading daily. So now that we have a plan, where do we start reading? Ah, that is what is on next week’s agenda. What are you suppose to do in the mean time, while you wait for next week’s post? Good question!
- Take the week to really find the best time for you. Think about your day hard and try out your selected time. Do you get interrupted a lot in the time you picked? If so, pick another time and try that out for a couple of days.
- Read over the verses I listed above and try to memorize them. Write them on index cards and post them up on the fridge, the bathroom mirror, your desk, etc. Knowing why you are working toward something is always great motivation to keep going. Spend the time you have set aside for reading, to work on these verses. Pick up your Bible and find them. Get use to holding your Bible and finding where things are.
- Tell your family. Tell them that you are ready to start making a habit of reading God’s Word. Maybe you can have a family meeting and decide to work on this together. If you don’t have family at home to help keep you accountable, call a friend and tell them.
Enjoy your week of preparing. Next week we will jump into where is the best place to start reading, and how can we get past the “work” of reading and enjoy God’s Word. When is the best time for you to read God’s Word? Comment below and let us know why. You just might help someone find the perfect time for them.