There have been several posts in the last few days about reading. For example, Christianity Today has revealed their Book Award winners for 2011. Bloggers are listing their top reads for 2011 and books they are looking forward to in 2012, like Tim Challies. There was also a fantastic article today by Derek Thomas about how God used a book by John Stott to change his life. Also there are a myriad of posts about choosing a Bible Reading Plan for next year. Check out these posts that present different methods of reading through the Bible: Justin Taylor and a post I wrote here on Cerebration. Books are so important.
I find that writing is also a companion to reading and a very helpful task that allows me to “download” many things from my over full mind. Everyone can write—Maybe you want to start out slow and write a sentence a day. GREAT! Or, maybe you are a person (like me) that writes and writes and writes. The key is to start. Start slowly by keeping a journal or starting a blog, posting or writing something every day. It doesn’t have to be long or profound, just write what is on your soul to write.
I cam across this quote tonight, and it accurately sums up my thoughts on writing, and even reading to some extent:
Anais Niu: If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.
By the grace of God, I am able to breathe through writing, and I am able to cry out in writing, and I am able to sing in writing. I will continue writing as long as those 3 mandates ring true in my written words and my soul.