It happened again last week. Someone said, “I know I should spend more time in my Bible.” After scolding him for yelling at himself rather than celebrating the fact that he is spending time with a small group of people talking about the Bible, I realized that lots of people share that same feeling.
I could scold you, too, for thinking that reading the Bible is something you ought to do (rather than thinking it is a way to meet someone). I’ll save that scold. For now, here are some ways to approach reading.
1. Open the book. Read whatever is where your eyes fall on the page. Sometimes, you get surprised by what you see. It can break up routine reading.
2. Turn to Psalms. Read 80-85. If you read 5 psalms every day, you can read the whole book through in a month.
4. Start reading Mark. Wherever you go today, read more. Decide that you will read the whole book in the next two days. Print out the pages from Biblegateway.com so it looks like a blog post instead of a Bible.
5. Turn to Philemon. Read it out loud. It’s a letter, written by Paul to a friend whose slave had run away and ended up with Paul. Find the emotion that one friend might use in talking to another friend. Pretend that you are one of those narrators in a Ken Burns documentary.
6. Read Hosea. Imagine buying your wife back from a pimp. Really.
7. Decide to memorize Matthew 5-7. You’ve memorized Jabberwocky and the lineup of the 2001 Mets. Why not a famous speech by Jesus?
8. Write a blog translating Bible passages into life. It makes you think. but 300wordsaday.com is taken.