Who Has Time to Read?

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Why don’t people read the Bible more? Most Christians say it’s because they don’t have enough time. This week, we’ve been talking about how you can use a Reading Plan in the Bible App™ or at YouVersion.com to genuinely engage with the Scriptures. Most of us probably don’t feel there’s any “spare time” in our busy schedules. But there’s actually lots of time each day we could reclaim. Have you ever considered how much time you spend in a typical day…waiting?

When your Bible’s always with you, you can read:

  • Before anyone else you live with gets up (if you’re a morning person).
  • While you’re having your morning coffee or breakfast.
  • During your morning/evening commute on the train, the tube, or the bus. (Please: Not if you’re driving!)
  • While you’re waiting for a meeting to start.
  • As you’re eating lunch or taking a break from work.
  • When you’re waiting in line. (This could be anywhere: the grocery store, the post office, a movie.)
  • When you’re using the restroom. (Some of us get more time in the loo than others—some of us, much more time.)
  • While you’re hanging out waiting for your kids at soccer, at dance, at football practice, at volleyball, to get out of school… (If you have kids, you know this list could be practically endless.)
  • After everyone else you live with is asleep (if you’re a night person).

With the Bible App or another free tool, God’s Word is always as close as your phone. With offline versions like ESV and NLT (among many others), you don’t even have to be connected to the Internet or your service provider. If you don’t already have the Bible App, get it now. And start redeeming your time.

4 Replies to “Who Has Time to Read?”

  1. These are great ideas! It’s true, I usually get the most reading in before I get out of bed in the morning, when I’m standing in line to check out at the grocery store, or waiting for meetings to being. The BEST thing though, is that I have fallen more in love with the Bible because the app causes me to think about it all the time! So…thanks!

  2. Thanks for the post. However, I am greatly disappointed with you mentioning restroom as the appropriate time/location for the Bible reading. The Holy Scriptures is not just another book, read it with contemplative, meditative, and deeply respectful mind. Sitting on the toilet just does not sound respectful to me.

  3. You are called to serve God where you are. We have all been given the work of evangelists and teachers. (Matthew 28:19) as well as the task of caring for those who are in need. (Isaiah 1:17; Galatians 6:2). Get busy for the kingdom. There is much work to be done. MDK︻╦̵̵͇̿̿̿̿╤─ • • •


  4. i am having a very difficult time getting a response to support questions from YouVersion. We started the 345 Plan at church and are having issues and I don’t want the people to be discouraged because of technical problems. Is there a phone number I can use to talk to someone? Thank you.

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