I'm a reader. I've always been a reader. From as far back as I can remember I read a lot of books and anything I can get my hands on. It's no surprise, then, that probably the most influential way I spend time with God is in reading the Bible. But there are many who struggle to read the Bible. I will be the first to admit that even I read my Bible in waves - sometimes a lot, sometimes not at all.
I believe there are many reasons for that. Many Youth struggle to read their Bible with any type of consistency. But it's not the consistency that I think is the problem here. I think the problem with reading the Bible is that people aren't excited about it.
We see it as a chore, we see it as a "discipline," when we really should see it as a crazy powerful opportunity to read something of major life-altering value. It should be a privilege, not a curse.
With this in mind, I've been asking people lately if they would enjoy reading the Bible more if we stripped away all the things that make it different than a novel: the thin pages, the tiny words, the verse numbers, the footnotes and references, etc. If we printed it like a novel, would we enjoy it more?
Most people say yes. I know that when I have five minutes to spare I don't go pick up my Bible. I check Facebook or read a novel. I've written a letter to Tyndale House Publishers about this, and would love to see them make something like that. Here's the letter I sent them.
Have a great Christmas, enjoy diving deep into Scripture!