Day 13: Make time to Read
Growing up – I LOVED to read – I could get lost in a book for hours and hours and hours. Gone are the days when I really have that much time for frivolous reading, but I try to keep some useful reads around whenever possible. I’ve written before about strategies to Read More..and I think those still hold true.
There are many wasted moments floating around – if I can keep a book within arm’s reach, I’m much more apt to spend those moments growing my mind than letting it sit idle. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the occasional “fun” read, but across the board, I find real-life, useful books that apply to me to be much better at this stage in my life. I don’t want to ever stop learning – that’s not good for anyone! Things that work for me:
- keep a book at hand in places I know I’ll have a few moments I can read instead of waste: while nursing a babe, kitchen counter waiting for something to defrost or saute, bathroom, car if waiting to pick someone up from an activity. I typically have a few books scattered around that I can pick up at a moment’s notice.
- Read for a few minutes when I first wake up or right before turning in for the night. A few minutes every day will add up.
- Find engaging material to read – if I am capitivated by a book, I am much more likely to make time to read it. If I find it boring or otherwise disinteresting, it will sit and gather dust.
- Apply what you read – that will keep you growing and looking for more.
A few books I’ve found particularly meaningful in the last few months:
The Blessed Life – Robert Morris
The Treasure Principle – Randy Alcorn
It’s All Too Much – Peter Walsh
Momumental – Jennifer Grant
Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Tedd Tripp
Crazy Love – Francis Chan
Read anything good lately?