We are creatures of habit. In spite of all of our desires to be free and spontaneous, most of us follow a fairly predictable set of routines. We get up at the same time every morning, we get dressed in the same order every morning, we drive the same route to work every day and when we get home, we just reverse the process. Now, habits are not bad things in and of themselves.
Habits help us get through our days without having to use all of our brain power on the details of life. Can you imagine how slow you would be if you had to think about tying your shoes or brushing your teeth, or how to use a keyboard to get this blog typed? You would be shut down, overwhelmed by the minutiae of life. Habits also remind our bodies and minds that we are about to do something. You sit down at the table and you are reminded it is time to eat. You lie down in bed and it’s time to sleep. You get the picture. Bible study can also be supported by habit. The first habit is to find a place where you feel comfortable and start showing up there everyday at the same time.
The place could be your favorite chair, at your kitchen table, perhaps at your desk…but find a place that is quiet and where you can spend at least 30 minutes in reflection, prayer and study. You may have to get up earlier or stay up later, but this will become the most important part of your day, so make whatever adjustments you have to make. Try it one way and if that doesn’t work, try another until you find a time and place that works for you. Then—and this is hard part—show up! Everyday! Show up!
When you are getting started the whole point is to just show up. Everyday, show up and drill into your life the habit of getting ready to study. If you start showing up, Jesus will too.