If it seems a million distractions appear when you try to read your Bible, you’re not alone. With all the forms of media, social and otherwise, constantly bombarding our lives, it’s hard to hear what God has to say. And with endless daily chores, it can be difficult to find quality time to focus on His word. But spending time with God in his Word is a necessary activity. And there’s a way to make it work in your schedule.
My gospel coach turned me onto YouVersion when I expressed my struggle to faithfully read my Bible. I began using it, and it quickly hooked me. The best part was having a daily reading available anywhere, one I could accomplish in a short time. The site allows its users to choose from a wide range of reading plans, or select their own.
YouVersion gives people around the world online access to the message of God. Here are some of its features:
*Smart Phone Apps so you can read it wherever you use your phone. If you have quiet time on a lunch break, ten minutes before the kids get home from school, or some time on your daily commute (as a passenger preferably), this puts the Word at your fingertips.
*Personalized studies so you can read at your own speed. Even if you choose a pre-arranged plan, you can determine the pace. A click of a button allows you to reset your schedule if you miss a day. This way you don’t feel overwhelmed, like you have to “catch up.” It’s not meant to be a chore or part of a checklist of duties.
*Translation choices to read in your comfort zone. King James, NIV, MSG, and many other versions are available at a click of the button. Want to read in Spanish, Italian, or ancient Greek? You can do that too.
*Accountability/study partners allow you to share the experience. Link up with a friend and connect through the Word. Build community through your reading.
Check it Out: YouVersion.com
If you’re like me, an easy-access interactive Bible site is a God-send. It does what my pastor always says Christians are supposed to do: point the way and clear the path. But best of all, it allows me to quiet my mind and soul so I can read the Word in a wordy world.
In His name