Greg Cohoon (drmellow) wrote,
Greg Cohoon
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Devotional Bible Reading

I've never really been good at daily devotional Bible reading. Every now and then I get started on a plan, but just eventually peter out. Well, this year, I've been doing pretty well keeping up with a plan. I got the ESV Literary Study Bible for my birthday last year and it had a good reading plan in the back of it, so I decided to go for it. A couple of times this year, I've fallen behind a day, but I've usually kept up very well. The past week, I fell six days behind, but I'm all caught up again.

Daily reading like this is one of those things that you always know is a good thing to be part of your life. You know you should be doing it. But it's real easy to get away with not doing it. Now that I've been pretty consistent with it for several months, I don't think I can afford to get out of the habit. It is so helpful in my daily life in general. I'm already looking forward to next year, when I'm planning on using a different translation for my devotional reading (and probably a different reading plan). After a few years, I'll have read through the Bible completely in several translations, which is something I'm pretty excited about working on.

Several of the blogs I read talk about devotional reading from time to time. One of them pointed to a post by Garrett about making his own reading plan. It's a great idea, and I might do something similar to that in the future. One of the things that really stuck out, however, was his insight about making time for adding devotional reading into an already busy schedule:

Before I elaborate on why, let's get a certain lame excuse out of the way: "I don't have time" doesn't cut it. If God wants you to do it, He will allow you time. There's twenty-four hours in a day, so figure it out. If you spend an hour a day on the Internet reading things like this article, and you're not reading the Bible on a regular basis, stop reading this article, turn off your computer, and go pick up your Bible.

That's some of the best advice I've seen about it. It's pretty much what I ended up doing, too -- when I decided to make an effort to consistently add devotional reading to my schedule, I made the time for it by reducing the amount of other stuff on the web I read. It's also one of the reasons I don't post in LJ as much. There are only so many hours in a day, and being more consistent with my Bible reading is more important than most of the other things I was spending my time on.
Tags: bibles, devotional reading
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