Sculpting Project 11: Read the Book Week 1
First thing in the morning I put on my work clothes, grab the milking pail and head out to our little barn. In the milking room I get out the grain for the goats and my old Bible for me. Jessie comes in first. While she eagerly chews her grain I open to the Psalms and sing a Psalm as I milk. I make up my own tune, going slowly or quickly as I wish. When Heidi comes in I sing through the Gospels. After a few months I finish the Psalms and Gospels and move on to other parts of the Bible. This habit has worked well for me, except for the couple of months each year when the goats and I take a break from milking.
The value of daily Bible reading was instilled in me by Campus Crusade way back in my high school years. So when my reading time moved to milking time I needed a new habit for the non-milking months.
To form a new habit I decided to use my new-found Habit Theory.
- Find a cue/trigger that happens at the same frequency as the desired new habit. I chose waking-up in the morning.
- Make it easy. I put the Bible in an easy reach from my sitting spot and set an easy amount of reading as goal.
- Celebrate reaching my goal. I have found the reading of Scripture to usually be rewarding enough within itself, but if I needed another cognitive nudge I would add a pat on the back and a celebration dance.
As a follower of Jesus, Scripture has a high value for me. It instructs my mind, feeds my soul, transforms my life. The Bible is strangely alive. Every time I read it there is a fresh discovery. It is also confusing at times and there are parts I am not very fond of. But The Bible is ‘The Book’ for me and reading it daily is a foundational practice for my life.
Sculpting project 11: Week 1
- Pick a cue/trigger. Getting in or out of bed is a handy one.
- Set a very easy goal. Read for 1 minute, or read 2 verses.
- Celebrate reaching your goal. (Eat a chocolate chip. Give yourself a thumbs-up.)
Don’t know where to start? How about Mark.
Keep your Bible within easy reach.
Many in this Sculpting Group already have a habit of daily Bible reading. If that is the case for you, use this week to create another tiny habit. Think of something you have always wanted to do and create a tiny habit to support it. Let us know what you are doing.
Communication is a significant help to fellow sculptors .Let us know how projects are going for you.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction,for training in righteousness, that the people of God may be equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)