SWOT Analysis - Daily Bible Reading
A simple SWOT analysis is used by businesses when they are planning to endeavor on a new project or shift their company focus. The main goal is to identify the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats to the proposed changes.
People forget to make a solid plan when it comes to adding a new discipline to their lifestyle. They have identified a need (lose weight, read the Bible more often, etc.) and an action that address that need (diet, buy new Bible) but these are short term reminders at best. Having never addressed the obstacles that might present themselves, people quit as soon as their swiftly constructed routine hits a snag.
Creating a SWOT analysis will help you envision the potential benefits and looming pitfalls before you start the process of a new spiritual discipline.
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For 4 weeks, Another Empty Conversation is dedicated to talking about four specific spiritual disciplines - daily Bible reading, prayer, intentional community (aka hanging out), and serving others. In each episode the EC crew talks about the good, bad, ugly, and beautiful of the spiritual workout.
The SWOT analysis consists of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. When it comes to developing a daily Bible reading plan it is wise to consider each of these areas before embarking on the journey. We asked the EC crew to develop a SWOT analysis and here is what they have come up with:
- Hear God speak through his own words
- Learn history and our place in the story
- Keeps us from sin and temptation (Psalm 119:11)
- Provides instruction for navigating life
- Its length makes the big picture hard to grasp
- Archaic language
- Tedious and boring at times
- Read and/or Listen
- Study one topic or theme
- Have a friend read with you and discuss what you find
- Join an online community to share discoveries
- Time management with busy schedules
- No specific, quiet place
- Netflix and other entertainment distractions
- No set goal
Your own SWOT analysis
We recommend that you count the cost of starting a new discipline. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. We want more for you. Doing your own SWOT analysis is easy. It can be done on the back of napkin or on your phone. We have provided a template for you to download. Filling out your own Bible reading SWOT analysis will help you better plan for distractions and choose the right plan that will help you stick with your goal.
Now go and do it!
You have made it this far. What's stopping you? Reading the Bible is so fulfilling once you get going. While starting and staying can be hard - what discipline isn't? - the benefits are life changing. Don't wait until tomorrow. Start by assessing then establish your plan. Can't read 40 chapters a day? Then read 1 each day. Get bogged down with the thee's and thou's? Check out some new translations online. Don't understand the Levitical law code? Then choose a specific topic like wisdom, love, or prayer.
The goal of a good assessment is to be able to humbly admit what you can and cannot do. An accurate account of your schedule, personality, and temptations will go a long way into helping you pick the best path for success. Increase your chance of success by getting a friend to keep you on track. Don't have a friend? Let us help. Drop us a line and we will help you reach your goals.