It only takes two minutes to grow closer to God. It takes 120 seconds to do what you’ve always said is the most important part of your life.
This is not a miracle quick-fix, but it is a practical piece of advice I was given recently, and it could change your habits around pursuing the Lord.
Let me try to get in your head for just a second. You know it’s important to spend time reading the Bible. You long to be the type of person who’s known for praying for other people. You wish you knew more about God and the Christian faith you claim as your own. Recalling scripture when a friend is in need would be an amazing gift to have (but only pastor’s are really good at that right?).
And it’s not just pursuing God.
Our culture is filled with the knowledge of the things we need. We know we need to work out more, sleep more, eat better, stress less, sit up straight. But for some reason we can’t get ourselves to act on the things we absolutely need in order to live a healthy, productive and purposeful life. “I know I should workout more, but I’m too tired after work.” Or maybe this sounds familiar, “I know I should go to bed, but the next episode of The Office just started autoplaying on Netflix.” (For the record, I’ve never done that). It’s just so easy to have good intentions and seemingly impossible to follow through on what we know is best for us.
So here’s my advice. Don’t dream big–execute small.
Instead of trying to read the entire Bible in one sitting, pray for every living relative, and fast for the next seven days straight–try making this your goal: Tonight when you get home from work, open your Bible. That’s it. I don’t care if you read a single word on the page, just open your Bible.
This idea is based around a concept known as tackling a Two Minute Task. Essentially it means that in order to form a new habit you should create a goal which can be accomplished in two minutes. Because as you know, the problem isn’t usually about reading our Bible. Once we start reading, it’s all good. The problem is more related to the process of getting that powerful book open on our lap in front of us (I’m definitely not speaking from experience here…).
Rather than making a goal of reading through the Bible in one year, how about you attack the real barrier keeping you from accomplishing that goal—opening your Bible.
I may have been a bit misleading before–maybe you won’t know God better after just two minutes. But it’s those first two minutes when deciding whether to open your Bible or leave it sitting on the table that determine whether or not you will know him more.
When we give God the space in our lives to move, he does. But when our lives are stuffed full of everything else we can possibly hold onto, we can’t see him working.
Because frankly my friend, if you haven’t been spending time in his word or in prayer with him how can you expect him to be changing your heart and your life? How will you ever be able to recite a scripture passage at just the right time? How will your prayer life improve? How will your relationship with the eternal one be any different at the end of your life than it is right now if you don’t Open. Your. Bible.