Hats off to Adam for his very honest look into his plan to read the Bible this year. Establishing a habit of reading God’s Word has been a theme on our blog in this new year. Check them out if you haven’t already:
- Adam Keller: “How I’m Reading the Bible in 365 Days”
- Amy Flickinger: “Life-Giving Rituals”
- Kolby Kerr: “Listening to God’s Word”
- Amy Flickinger: “How I read the Bible Book by Book”
- Jed Roseberry: “What I Learned When I Read the Bible in 90 Days”
As you’ve heard from all these posts, it isn’t that we are reading the Bible because we are just doing the homework God has assigned us and we want to get a good grade. We believe that how we spend our time and what we invite into our heart shapes us. All of us have ingrained rituals that we do almost unconsciously, but their effect on us—for good or bad—can be enormous. It takes intentionality and accountability to break a bad habit or start a good one.
Which is why I’m going to do something that’s against ‘the rules’: I’d like to recommend a book I haven’t read. Justin Earley’s book The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction just came out. When we talked about creating a ‘rule of life’ last Lent, we created a guide to help people build habits that would form them more into the image of Jesus (you can download the guide here). In creating that booklet, I relied heavily on Earley’s guide for creating a personal rule of life.
Justin Earley’s book is rooted in his personal experience of deep anxiety and stress. He realized just how much of his life (especially his use of technology) was engineered to produce precisely the anxiety he felt. Working with others, he designed a simple, practical diagram to help him lean into a healthier, more Christ-centered life.
The Common Rule probably isn’t for everyone. But for some, this could be a helpful, applicable starting point in seeing how our current habits have misshapen us and how some simple changes could nudge us back on the path of discipleship. I’d encourage you to take a quick look at his website or watch the trailer for his book. This could be a valuable resource for your journey.