Faith seeking understanding #050: Finding time to read

Faith seeking understanding, my personal journey towards a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with God, the cosmos, humanity and myself through thoughts, words and (occasionally) images, is a series of [hopefully] daily reflections I’m writing with the purpose of publishing something on a regular basis for others to read, either here, at joncarllewis.com or among my writings at Medium.com.

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I’ve started to read again. Real books, not just articles on Medium.com. I used to read before bed—right before bed—in bed, so I could roll over and turn off the light when I became too tired to sleep. (Unlike my husband, I can’t seem to manage the trick of falling asleep while reading; that’s probably a good thing.)

However, I’ve found a more interesting use of the time I used to spend reading: writing a series of daily reflections of the sort that you’re reading here. For some reason, right before bed seems to be the quietest, most consistent time for me to stop and reflect upon whatever comes to mind.

But reading has taken a back seat. And that won’t do. I need to read in order to get better, to receive inspiration—or to experience what not to do. I’d like to write books, not just reflections, and it’s a good idea, I understand, to read the types of things you want to write. (I hear it’s a good idea to read other types of things besides what one wants to write, but that is the nature of writing advice: for every good piece of advice, the opposite is almost always, paradoxically, also true.)

So today I took some time and opened a book: Writing Life Stories (1) by Bill Roorbach with Kristen Keckler, PhD. I decided to do this before my daily reflection since I usually spend a lot of that time scanning articles and cybersurfing, trying to get inspired. But reading inspires me. I am thrilled by the clever or weighty words of others and it makes me want to spill a few of my own. Furthermore, reading teaches me how to spill my own words. Like dance, one must always keep learning, practicing, exercising to stay in shape for the time when it really counts to shine.

I’m a long way away from shining. But it isn’t too early to start to prepare to get there.

And preparation for me now includes a commitment—a re-commitment to reading so I can refill the well that might otherwise run dry.


(1) Bill Roorbach with Kristen Keckler, PhD. 2008. Writing Life Stories: How to Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays, and Life Into Literature. Fully revised 2nd edition. Writers Digest Books: Cincinnati, OH.

Thank you for your time and attention.
I’d love to know your thoughts on what you’ve read.
Please comment, below, or email me at joncarllewis@gmail.com.
May God richly bless you on your journey.

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Faith seeking understanding #050: Finding time to read

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