Dynamic Organization For Consistent Bible Reading- Five Minutes to Better Bible Reading
Step 3 of my 6 steps for better Bible reading is all about organization. If we want to know how to read the Bible, we must organize our lives to make sure we leave room for what matters most. This means making a schedule for Bible reading just like we do for the essentials: eating, sleeping and hygiene. And just like the essentials, when life happens we must be willing find a way to adjust our schedule to make room for what matters!
Dynamic Organization For Consistent Bible Reading
Step 3 of my 6 steps for better Bible reading is all about organization. If we want to know how to read the Bible, we must organize our lives to make sure we leave room for what matters most. This means making a schedule for Bible reading just like we do for the essentials: eating, sleeping and hygiene. And just like the essentials, when life happens we must be willing find a way to adjust our schedule to make room for what matters.
No Organization, No Consistent Bible Reading
Now that we’ve dealt with the confronting aspect of the Bible of God, confronting us with his word and inspecting the Bible. As somebody paying close attention to everything that’s there. What should follow is some steps to organize in our Bible reading approach. And so let me now guilt trip you by asking how the progress is going with your Bible reading plan this year.
Now we have two ways of viewing the year. We could either say we’re only a few months into 2021, or we could say we’re already a quarter of the way done with 2021 is kind of a glass half empty half, half full approach. But you should know that recent studies show that less than 15% of American Bible owners actually read their Bible daily.
That means there’s a 85% chance that you do not read your Bible daily. Did you beat the odds, or are you a failed statistic?
Living a Dynamic, Disorganized Life
We all have those friends that we run into in the store after not seeing them for quite a while, We might say to each other that we really need to get together soon. But we all know what happens immediately following that encounter.
We simply go on with our lives. What happens in this failed scenario is we assume that there’s going to be some kind of magic moment where everyone’s schedule lines up in the future at the exact same time (with no effort, I might add).
But believing in magic means that nothing is going to happen. And we know this because we’ve all experienced this sort of thing. What should happen in order to make sure you and your long list “friend” get together and validate this theoretical friendship? It’s quite simple:
Setting a dedicated time, place, date, and sticking to that plan!
Consistent Bible Reading in an Inconsistent Life
Now, why should we think that it’s any different for reading the Bible? When we consider reading our Bible daily or following some kind of Bible reading plan, we know there is a high level of effort involved. We could even say the scary word for procrastinators: organization.
But let me prove to you that everyone is inconsistent in their procrastination.
Eating our meals doesn’t just happen. Sleeping doesn’t just happen. Showering or getting dressed doesn’t just happen. We organize our lives every time we accomplish any of those tasks. We dedicate time to ensure that they happen every single day. And so you shouldn’t assume that Bible reading is going to be an exception to this rule. We must have some organizational skills in place so that this does happen.
So here’s my recommendation for reading the Bible: make a reading schedule and then stick to it, then change it, then stick to it, then change it, then stick to it
Rinse and repeat.
My point here is that flexible schedules are still schedules. Dynamic organization is still organization, because there isn’t any other kind available in a dynamic world!
You should change your reading schedule to serve your current lifestyle.
Dynamic Organization, Just Like Everything Else in Life!
And then keep that until the next transition takes place. Because trust me, it will life changes. Our circumstance changes, and we must expect our Bible reading plan just like the time that we eat our meals or the routine that we have in the morning does change based on certain changes in life. And we automatically roll with the punches and change those because we can’t afford to not eat or sleep or shower or put on new clothes for the new day. It has to be the same way with Bible reading.
And we have to be willing to change our plan as many times as necessary or else we will fall off the rails. As soon as something comes in place to interrupt our schedule that we have. And so if you want to be an organized Bible reader, don’t treat Bible reading as if it’s the exception to the rule.
God Calls Us to An Orderly Life, so Organize!
Don’t treat Bible reading as the long lost friend you run into at the grocery store and say, we really need to get together soon and then make no effort to actually see that come to pass. Instead, approach the Bible with your presuppositions, that God is confronting you. What he has preserved in written form for us is beneficial and worthy for us to read and to pay careful attention to at every turn.
If you believe this, then organize your life to uphold the value in the glory of his word with a daily routine of Bible reading, because you need it just as much as you need food in sleep
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