A while ago my husband downloaded an app onto my ipad called Balanced. It’s a very simple app to help motivate you to build up healthy habits. You make a list of things you want to work on in your life (like exercise more, as an example), and put down how often you want to do it (once a day, twice a week, etc.). The app will then give you gentle reminders to do those things and when you do, you can swipe it off your list and it’ll encourage you with motivating words like “Well done!” or “You’ve done that 25 times without missing!” It will also tell you which things you need to do soon and which things you’re late on. Very basic and no frills app, but having a visual checklist has been a big help.
One of the items I have on my Balanced list is “Read Bible.” I’ve always had trouble maintaining my regular Bible reading and since I’ve put it on my Balanced list, it has been kind of shocking to see how irregular it really is. Sometimes days (and maybe even weeks) go by and I still have yet to swipe it off my list. It’s not like I never open the Word, I try to pray over a few verses at least everyday and of course I open my Bible when I go to Bible studies or church meetings, but I’m talking about my personal goal of trying to get through the Bible chapter by chapter from cover to cover. Let’s just say I’ve been in the book of Leviticus for a long time.
I know the new year is still a month away and even though I’m not really one for making resolutions, I’ve decided that this is one habit I’ve really got to work on. I think the problem was that I didn’t have a designated time in my day for my Bible reading, so that’s got to change. This week I’ve started trying to do it first thing in the morning before anything else. I normally have my ipad on the nightstand next to my bed, so instead of being tempted to check email and Facebook when I wake up, I go right to my bookmark in my Bible app. Yes I’m usually still half asleep and if you ask me, I don’t think I can tell you what I read this morning…but there’s just something about starting your day off with the Word. I’m calmer and not as frazzled. Of course, later on in the morning I try to spend some quality time with the Lord, but nothing compares with giving those very first waking minutes to be sanctified and washed in His word. It’s also nice to finally be able to swipe it off my Balanced list.
How do you keep up with your daily Bible reading?