Let's be honest: your dream of reading the Bible this year didn't turn out quite the way you had imagined. The kids woke up early. You slept in. The dog ate your reading plan. It happens to the best of us. In fact, the average person makes the same resolution 10 times without success, so chances are you've failed at a Bible-reading plan before and you will again, if you don't make some changes. After all, you can't do the same thing over again and expect different results.
Instead, take time to understand why most Bible reading plans fail, so you'll know what to change to experience success:
1. You Resolve to Make Unrealistic Changes
If you haven't read your Bible in three months, you probably won't find time to read it for an hour a day.
Instead of trying to make massive unrealistic changes, commit to a SMART goal you can easily accomplish. For example, switch from listening to the radio to listening to the audioBible on your 15-minute morning commute. Or read a verse of the day with your breakfast. Before you know it, that small change will feel normal, and you'll be ready to tackle a bigger goal.
2. You Try to Do It Solo
Somewhere in Christian culture we've perpetuated the myth that reading the Bible individually is more spiritual than reading the Bible with other people. But Scripture was written to be consumed in community.