When we leave reading for when we have time, we’ll seldom read. Reading isn’t just an activity to pursue when everything else is done. It’s an activity for the times that we’re busy, stretched, and frantic. In fact, it may be even more important during these times.
Todd Henry writes about the importance of intentionally scheduling activities like reading and rest:
When will you study, read, or experience other stimuli this week? When will you have time to yourself to strategize and generate ideas for your projects? When will you take a walk or exercise? What does your sleep schedule look like this week? Are there any late nights? If so, what does that mean about what should happen the next morning?
Again, in all these things we are not attempting to strike some kind of “life balance.” We are simply being strategic about managing energy so that we have it when we need it to generate ideas. If we are wise in our energy management, we will find that ideas emerge when we least expect them.
Reading is not an activity for when everything else is done.
It’s an activity to put in our schedules first. We must guard and protect this time to nourish our minds and our souls.
And I thought maybe I could use it here, on my blog. A few times I have posted message which sounds something like "be intentional. Yes, your day is busy but still set aside time to be with God" and the author above was pretty much saying the same thing.
But I've already said those things, you've already read them. And as I was thinking, I realized there is another idea I can talk about. Its a very basic idea.
There is value in reading.
Sure its worthwhile to read the advanced, confusing religious stuff but that any sort of reading is good, that there is value in taking the time to read a fictional, pointless story.
Value in readings stories you have read before, even several times. Value in reading a poem or a romance.
Reading which makes your imagination go wild, reading which lets you escape from your problems into a different culture or even world.
Books are great, lets not forget that it's good to just pick up a good book sometimes.