If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you’ve probably been told that reading your Bible regularly is a huge part of the Christian life. And if you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you’ve probably felt some of the guilt/confusion/frustration/difficulty that comes with the struggle to actually do it.
One of the biggest lessons that God seems to be teaching me right now is seemingly unspiritual things can actually have incredible impact on our spirit growth. Enter this tip for developing bible reading rhythms in your life: Treat Yourself!
My rhythm changes from season to season, but right now it looks like this:
Wake up at 6am – alarm is across room on dresser to ensure I get up.
Brew Coffee – I love coffee.
Go to desk – same spot every morning
Read next section of my bible reading plan for 15 minutes, prayer journal 15 minutes.
Nothing fancy or exciting there, but here is the secret: I love coffee. It is a treat for me to a ridiculous degree. I order green coffee beans off the internet and roast them myself and each sip is just really enjoyable.
It might not sound very spiritual, but that coffee treat helps me get in the Word each morning. I really look forward to those early moments of my day with a good cup of coffee and my Bible. As unspiritual as it may be, what is the bottom line? I’m reading the bible regularly!
So treat yo’ self and let that treat help you get in the word! You might not like coffee, so make yourself a tea, eat some bacon, play some good music, get a comfy chair, or light a nice candle. Think through a treat you can incorporate into your rhythm with Scripture.
To any skeptics out there who might find this worldly and would say, “All I need is the Word of God, I don’t need any gimmicks!” I have two questions:
1. Do you read your bible everyday? If so, cheers! If not, maybe consider tips that could help encourage a healthy rhythm and bring other parts of our lives into time with our Heavenly Father.
2. Who invented the joy of things like coffee, candles, bacon, music, comfy chairs? God did. Whatever your treat is, as you enjoy it you can reflect on the goodness of God as you experience it!
These little treats can point us to the True Treat, the satisfaction of time with our Father and hearing from him through his Word! Hope the Treat Yo’ Self method helps you enjoy God and His Word more.