Distractions.

IMG_0973Sometimes the reason we are too busy to read the Bible
is, quite simply, that we are too busy.

For anything.

For anything more than we are doing.

Because when we have a moment to stop and think, we think of all the things that aren’t done yet. Or all the things that we’ve failed at. Or all the expectations that face us. And we want to mask that, or distract ourselves from that. So we turn to screen-based content or novels or self-help books or games or almost anything that can occupy our short-term thinking and block our hearts and the voices.

And for most people, the Bible isn’t at the top of the list of distractions. Which is probably okay.

Because the Bible almost never blocks our heart. In fact, when we can sit still long enough to listen quietly enough, it pries open our hearts to people who hurt. Like the childless woman facing the disdain of culture around her. It invites us to consider the flowers and trust their designer rather than our boss’s designs on our time, and our parents’ expectations for our lives.

And we simply don’t have enough time to consider a complete recalibration of our existence.

And so we are too busy to read the Bible.

What if I told you that the recalibration would come gradually rather than suddenly, more like a daily exercise program than a surgery? What if I could show you a couple simple ways to rearrange your time and attention just enough so that you could read the Bible in ways that could distract you from all the things that aren’t done yet? From all the things that you have failed at? From all the expectations?

Would you give me fifteen minutes a day for a week?

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I do have a video about 6 ways to manage time and attention, if that’s what would help.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

3 thoughts on “Distractions.

  1. “Inch by inch, row by row, is how we make the garden grow.” And taking a large number of small bites works for the Bible too.

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