“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
–Atwood H. Townsend
“Young and old should not be without the love of reading. “The love of books is the doorway through which we enter into the purest and perfect pleasure God has prepared for us. Love of books lasts when all other pleasures pass.” If we do not treasure the privilege of reading, we should cultivate it. We ought to make it a habit. If we are persistent in applying this habit, a love for reading will blossom forth, and this love will continue to multiply and increase as the years go by. (Quoted from a persuasive speech I wrote in high school)
How do we cultivate the discipline of reading?
1. Keep a book wherever you visit most around the house
It is very helpful for me to keep a book on the kitchen table, to catch a few snippets while my soup is simmering on the stove, or while I am eating my breakfast. Keep books in the bathroom . I keep one also in my nursing chair, so I can read while nursing my baby. This has been very helpful so I don’t have to get up and search for my book while nursing.
2. Keep a book in the car or your purse
Keep a book in the car, as this is a wonderful opportunity to read together with your hubby or siblings while driving. My sister used to always read to my younger siblings while we were driving around (going to music lessons, etc). Not only did it strengthen the sibling bond, but they were able to complete a lot more reading this way. Aaron & I have been able to put travel time to valuable use by reading on the road. Currently, we are almost through The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis this way! It is also helpful to have one in the car or purse to pull out while waiting for an appointment.
3. Discipline yourself to read a page a day!
When life gets too busy and complex, one of the first parts of a healthy spiritual life to decline is reading. I have found this to be so in my life. The thought of reading pops into my mind in a free moment, only to be kicked out as I think of that other thing I could be doing with this extra time (deep cleaning, that last load of laundry, etc). Do you think you could read one page a day? That would accumulate up to 365 pages in a year, or the approximate volume of 2 full-length books. If you read this many books for the rest of your life, think of all the books you could read!
“By this means of just a page a day, I’ve seen mothers of multiple preschoolers, homeschooling moms, and overwhelmed executives alike plow through a book every month or two. It wasn’t because they had any less to do. Rather, the secret lay in the simple discipline of making the commitment to read just one page. Invariably, of course, when they read one page they decided to read more. The main problem was just getting to that first page. once that was done, the rest was not only easy but enjoyable as well.” - Donald Whitney
There are many out there who have no problem reading through numerous books in a month or year, but for a slower and more methodical reader like myself (who has to re-read things over and over to comprehend them), this idea has inspired me again and again! My goal this year has been to read a book each month with this encouragement. I am already passing up that goal! It’s a miracle!
Encouragement for Singles: Now is the time to study and learn as much as possible! The next season may not have such freedom!
4. Try scheduling time in to read
If you are a schedule oriented person, try scheduling time in your day for reading. This does not work for me in this season, but it has in the past. Try just taking a 30 minute block of time and devote it to this discipline.
May you be inspired to build the discipline of reading no matter what time restraints you have! It is possible!
Mark Twain once said, “The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”
Take the words of Dr. Seuss, “the more that you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
You are invited to join us for the upcoming book study on The True Woman! For more details click here.
Do you have any ideas on how to find time for reading?