Pastor J.D. shares how he makes time for reading (or working out or any number of other things) and other advice he’s found helpful to remain an avid reader.

A glimpse inside this episode:

Time is most valuable resource we have, and we all have the same amount of it. Every day you get an installment of 86,400 seconds and whatever you don’t use you lose. 

First I start with the importance of reading. “Read or get out of the ministry.” -Wesley

Importance of daily rhythms. (Even in small installments, like starting with five minutes.) Even when you’re busy. 

  • For example, Winston Churchill even during the most hectic days of WW2, always took time to paint and read. 

Big rocks:

  • We make time for what we think is important. If you’re too busy to read, you’re not too busy. You’re saying (with your life) that you think something else matters more.
  • Honestly, how much time are you spending on social media or watching TV? My guess is that you probably have the time; you just aren’t convinced that spending it reading is worth the investment.

Do the hard stuff first.

  • Me at night. Ready then watch TV.

TODD: OK, but any advice about reading in particular?

  • I like to read different genres.
  • Take notes: Capture what you took in hunting. Taking notes and transferring them.
  • Feel free to ditch a bad book.
    • No thief like a bad book.
  • Use shortcuts like audiobooks or Blinkist.


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