Christian commitment to a year of spiritual resolve can be a daunting prospect, but three weeks may be all it takes to revolutionise your life. YouVersion, the team behind the popular Bible App, is once again inviting users to undertake the 21 Day Challenge, starting February 1.
The task is to commit to a Bible-reading plan (or several), of which
there are many hosted by the app, for 21 consecutive days. Succeeding at
this relatively modest commitment is believed to be the path to
establishing a long-term habit.
'Just three weeks of consistent behaviour can carry you well on your
way to a new habit. That's why we created the annual 21-Day Challenge:
to help you engage with the Bible every day. Start a new plan now... and
start each day in this new year with a fresh perspective.'
The approach draws on the popular notion, drawn from the thought of
Dr Maxwell Maltz, that 21 days of resolve are what it takes to form a
habit. It may also be a complete myth that
the idea belongs to Maltz or that it reliably works, but it remains
influential. Like the progressive stretching of a muscle, daily,
dedicated exercise of the human will can train and expand its potential.
The makers of the Bible App are drawing on that wisdom to encourage
believers to engage in spiritual discipline – forming habits that lead
one to prayer, the study of Scripture and a deeper relationship with
If you failed your New Years resolution to somehow lead a more
spiritual life, then the game isn't over yet. January is a bleak time of
year, but as the days get brighter, perhaps February is riper for
optimistic life-improvement – a fresh opportunity for pious resolve.
The extensive library of plans and devotionals on the Bible App
offers wide choice for its users. Whatever your denominational
background or whoever your favourite preacher may be, there's plenty to
draw on that that can feed the soul. The app's highly accessible interface
remembers progress and encourages commitment with daily reminders and
even a 'badge' of reward for the devout who complete their three-week
Can 21 days of determination change your life? There's only one way to find out.
To find out more about the Bible App, click here.