Read to understand (not just to finish)

More. More. More.

That’s a message you probably get on a daily basis. You need to have, get and be more! You should be doing more. More, more, more!

Granted, more can be a helpful solution—sometimes. More patience is good. And so is more kindness, sleep and cheesecake.

But what if the answer to greater wisdom sometimes had to do with…


If so, we’d probably all breathe a sigh of relief.

Today I’d like to suggest one super-practical spiritual habit that involves doing… Less.

You know that reading your Bible is a good thing. After all, it’s the primary place where we learn about and encounter God’s will for our lives and plan for the world.

But it’s a big book. There’s like a zillion pages. So we rush through trying to digest it all because more is better, right?

Maybe not.

When you rush through the Bible, you might get to the end, but you miss a lot. So instead, if you’re rushing through and just not getting it, I think you should read less.

I’m not suggesting you don’t read it every day; I think you should. But when you do read it, read a smaller chunk.

Read to understand (not just to finish).

Maybe even read the same paragraph 3 or 4 times. When Paul writes to the Colossians in 3:16 he says to “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly…” He doesn’t say to let the message of Christ whip in one ear and out the other or dance on the surface of your eyeballs for .02 milliseconds.

The word is DWELL. Let the message of Christ DWELL among you richly.

Sometimes more isn’t better. It’s just more.

When it comes to your Bible, and when you’re rushing through and just not getting it…

Read less, better.

By Matthew Ruttan

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