Coaching for the Abundant Life
I will never forget the day that I became determined to become more of a Bible-reader.
I was discussing a certain passage of Scripture with a protestant friend on the train home from university, and he unzipped his bag and pulled out a Bible.
I was so impressed that someone valued the Word of God that much that they carried it around with them at all times. I immediately resolved that I was going to become a woman who truly valued the Bible, and I promptly bought my own small Bible that I could carry around with me.
If you’re a reader like me, chances are at least some of the books you read are in order to grow – whether it be in regards to your own human formation or spiritually. But regardless, I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of picking up a book, with the hopeful anticipation that it will help us change or grow in a certain area where you’ve been struggling. We dive in and are so on fire, filled with excitement and motivation while we’re reading. Yet, we finish the book, full of good intentions… only to swiftly end up back in old habits.
This is especially true of reading the Word of God. We probably have some guilt and shame on top of our struggles. We know that the Word of God is living and active. It has the power to deeply transform us (if we let it), but sometimes we’re just not quite sure how that is supposed to happen. It seems overwhelming and hard to understand. There’s so much packed within each passage that we know to be true, but we often have a hard time really believing it.
But I believe there are four main ways that our thoughts prevent us from getting more out reading Scripture:
Today I’m going to give you some tips on how you can leverage the Metanoia Cetholic Journal exercises to uncover and challenge these thoughts!
If you try any of these out, I’d love to hear about it! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag me on Instagram @catholicintrovertcoach.
If you’d like to explore this further and take concrete action toward having a more fruitful spiritual reading life, I would love to connect!