7 Tips to Start a Daily Bible Reading Habit
If you’re someone who wants to read the Bible, but you just can’t find the time, motivation, focus, or determination then you’re not alone. I try to read the Bible everyday but I won’t lie, I miss more days than I’d like to. That’s the struggle of modern day Christians. We’re so busy that we can’t seem to make time for things that are as important as reading the Bible. That brings me to my first point of this post…
Reading the Bible is important.
It allows us to spend time with God daily.
It gives us instruction and direction for our lives.
It helps us become stronger as a person and in our faith.
Understanding how important and powerful it is to read the Bible is essential if you really want to make a daily habit out of it. If you don’t think something is important, you’re not going to make it a priority in your life. You’re not going to try to find time for it. But if you know how important it is and you’re willing to make it a daily habit, then here we go.
7 Tips for starting a daily Bible reading habit:
1. Pick a time first…
Imagine that your daily Bible time is an important work meeting. If you have a meeting at a specific time, you’re not going to just blow it off. So pick a time to read your Bible each day and show up. Stick with it!
2. …and pick a place.
I like to sit at my desk in the quiet to focus on my Bible. Choose a place that’s quiet, comfortable, and allows you to focus. Picking a place (and a time) helps you to create a routine out of it and will make it easier to keep going with it.
3. Start out small and take baby steps.
It’s important to not over-commit yourself or set yourself up for disappointment in anything you attempt to do, and reading the Bible is no different. Don’t aim to read too much each day. Start with tiny steps if you need to. Think 5 minutes a day or a chapter a day. You can do more later on if you feel the urge to.
4. Stop thinking you can’t understand it.
I know that a lot of parts of the Bible can be challenging or even confusing to understand. This is because our culture and modern times are vastly different nowadays. It’s really not as complicated as it seems, though. If you’re confused, find the answer. Or read a different version of the Bible. Find something to help you understand it because it’s not impossible, I promise.
5. Find an accountability partner.
No matter what habit you’re trying to develop, having someone or something to hold you accountable is helpful. Find a family member, a friend, or even a church member and tell them what you’re trying to do. If they ask you how your daily devotional time is going, it’ll hold you accountable to work harder at it.
6. Reward yourself for it.
I know that spending time with God is a reward in and of itself, but adding a little extra incentive doesn’t hurt. If you’re being consistent with your daily Bible time, reward yourself for it. Maybe for every week that you don’t miss a day, take yourself out for coffee or buy something you’ve had your eye on. I’ve heard that it takes 30 days to form a habit, so after a month of not missing a day, you can give yourself something big like a new Bible or Bible journaling supplies.
7. Don’t feel guilty if you miss a day.
Everyone misses a day or two once in a while. Don’t beat yourself up about it and don’t feel guilty. You’re trying and that’s what counts. We’re only human and feeling guilty just makes it harder to keep going. And you need to just keep going!
Do you read the Bible regularly?