How does goal-setting help your study time?
It gives you focus. While you may get some benefit wandering through the Scriptural landscape, your study time will be more productive if it’s directed. This year, I’m reading the New Testament, just a chapter a day, but I think I should make it through three times.
It gives you purpose. I’m a big fan of those serendipitous ‘lightbulb’/hidden treasure moments, but you’ll be a more active, engaged reader if you’re looking for something. And believe me, it won’t interfere with discovery at all. I want to see Jesus more clearly and soak in what I have because of Him.
It will keep you motivated. Nobody wants to spend time doing something ‘just because’. But if I have a clear goal in mind, the effort comes much easier. I want a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, and spending time with Him in His word is one way I’m working to achieve that.
What goals have you set for your study time? Increasing it? A particular topic or study? A reading plan?