The New Year means many different things for people. For some it can be a fresh start, for others it is a chance to change old behaviors or add new ones. Everyone has something that they want to improve on. With so many different changes we can make in our lives it can hard to focus on just one, but I want to challenge all of you. My challenge is to make a change in your faith life. There are so many different things you can do. You could read the Bible in a year, start consistently attending bible studies, offer to serve on a board, set attendance goals or worship, pray every day, and many more. For this instance, I would like to focus on creating a daily devotional habit.
You might be asking yourself, “But Aaron every time I try a new year’s resolution I fail.” Well, I’m here to help with that as well. Forming habits is an extremely hard task to accomplish but the first thing we should all do is pray. There are so many verses on why and how we should pray but I think Philippians 4:6 sums it up the best. It says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” In this verse Paul is saying that we should always go before the Lord in prayer. When we are trying to make a change in our lives, we should ask God for guidance and strength to make the change. It is also important to note that this prayer should not be a one-time thing, it should be done many times throughout this process. After the initial prayer, you should begin taking steps to put this into place. The first step is to pick a time to read the Bible daily. This time should work best for you and when you pick this time you should do your best to honor it no matter what. The second step is to make a reading plan. There are many great plans available. I would suggest getting the You Version Bible app. If apps aren’t your thing get in contact with me and I will gladly find you a plan. The third step is to be organized and avoid distractions. This means that you should do your reading in a calm environment in a way that is consistent. The third step is to find someone to hold you accountable. This is important because if someone can monitor your progress then help keep you on the right track. The last step is to share what you are reading and to apply it to your daily life. When we live out what our Lord teaches us in the Bible, we are more likely to go back to His Word and hopefully you can get others there as well.
While this approach isn’t the perfect way to form a habit, it is a great place to start. If you need any help, please reach out to me. I will gladly give you the help and resources to get you on track to make reading your Bible every day a habit.
In Christ alone,
Aaron Finkel, DCE Intern