A habit (good or bad) begins with the first step. The goal of spiritual disciplines is not for you to turn over a new leaf or make a New Year’s resolution: spiritual disciplines begin with a single step, and then another…and another. If you don’t have a practice of daily time in the Word, these simple next steps can get you there.
Pray for God to give you a hunger for His Word. If you don’t have a desire that causes you to turn off Netflix or get out of bed earlier, pray that God will give that to you. He will answer that prayer.
The Bible is a large book (actually it’s 66 books in one!). Choose a book of the Bible and decide to read one chapter a day. (John is a great place to start in the New Testament; Proverbs in the Old Testament).
Start today. Not tomorrow. Today. You’ve probably heard the Chinese proverb: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Choose a time. Choose a place. Start today.
Know what success is and isn’t. Success in Scripture intake isn’t understanding everything you read. As a matter of fact, you seldom understand everything you read in any book you pick up. Before you begin to read ask God to speak to you. He will. I promise. He speaks through his Word.
Success is reading the Bible. Success is taking that first step, and the next, and the next.