I’ve spent a good deal of time considering precisely that; time and how I’ve spent it. Jonathan Edwards, the great American Preacher and Theologian once penned 70 some resolutions of which number 5 read as follows:
Resolved to not waste time.
I too want to do that in 2009. The question becomes, in what ways can I redeem the time?
One of those ways is through reading. Filling my heart and mind with truth, ideas, beauty. Things that are lovely, true, of good report. I was further compelled along these lines through a piece in the Wall Street Journal on President Bush’s habit of reading.
In this piece, Karl Rove reports that the President read 95 books in 2006. 51 in 2007 and at the point Rove wrote the aforementioned article, he had read 40 in 2008. This mind you was in addition to reading through the Bible each year and a daily devotional! If the Leader of the Free World can do that, I think I can find time to read more. I counted. I read 25 book last year and I’m a pastor!
In the coming posts, I’ll point you towards some good advice in “finding” more time to read if you too would like to see your cup be fuller at the end of 2009 than you did in 2008.
Here are the books I’m reading now.