8 BIBLE READING HABITS TO ESTABLISH AS A YOUNG PERSON by David Murray for Core Christianity
Start Now to Form Good Habits
There were years when I didn’t read my Bible at all. Sometimes, I would do it on and off, a few days then stop, a few weeks then stop. Other times I would do it legalistically, thinking that I had to read a certain number of verses every day to keep on God’s good side. Very rarely did I get many benefits out of it. My adolescent years were tough years to read the Bible.
But in addition to the usual obstacles, there’s now the huge additional challenge of digital technology, which I didn’t have. It’s a challenge I now have to overcome as well though, and I want to help you with it.
Before I do so, though, think for a moment or two about how we suffer when regular Bible reading is not part of our lives. We lose connection with God, chilling our relationship with him. We lack a God-centered worldview, distorting our perspective on the world and ourselves. We do not grow in faith, but instead grow doubts. We feel guilty and ashamed, pushing the Bible even further out of our lives.
So, how can we establish healthy Bible-reading habits so that we are connected to God, have a God-centered worldview, grow in confident faith, and enjoy spiritual peace and confidence? The first step is to honestly recognize the obstructions in our way.
Recognize the Obstacles
There are many obstacles in the way of establishing good Bible-reading habits, but as I said earlier, there is none greater than digital technology. While computers, smartphones, iPads, the Internet, and social media have been a great blessing in many ways, they have complicated our lives in other ways, with personal spirituality being hit particularly hard.
All the research is warning us that overuse of our screens, especially our phones, is damaging concentration, reading ability, meditation, memory, problem-solving, sleep, quiet, privacy, purity, patience, routine, and relationships.