There was a time in my life when I was not a big fan of reading. I didn’t see the point. Today, I love to read. I believe it is important to read because it helps you to become a better leader, Pastor, parent and person.
For me, I am selective in what I read. Just a personal choice. My preferred genre is leadership, parenting and church. I don’t read fictional and I haven’t really taken the time to read too many autobiographical.
I try and read a book once a month. I am not a fast reader. I would consider myself a thoughtful reader. I like taking my time and ponder what I am reading. Right now I am reading a book by Reggie Joiner entitled, “Orange.” I have really enjoyed it because of the content and the way it is written. The church I serve at is implanting the Orange Strategy and we are very excited about how God is going to use this to affect our church and our community.
Here are a few books that are on the To Read List:
1. Manhood Restored by Eric Mason
2. Fight by Craig Groeschel
3. Invest by Sutton Turner
What are you reading? What is on your To Read list?
I have been reflecting a lot on my parenting skills, or should I say the lack there of. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids and know that I am not a horrible dad, but I recognize some areas I need to become better in.
None of my kids came with an instruction manual. Each are very different and have their own way of doing things. This is my first challenge. I need to understand and act as if my kids are not robots. I cannot lump them all into the same pile. I have to understand their needs, ways of communicating, interests, and ultimately, the rthymn of their hearts.
Some of the areas I need to improve as a dad are:
Stop being so selfish
Time: I need to spend more time with them individually
Lower my expectations: I expect way to much from them at such a young age.
These are a few of the areas I need to improve in. I know it is going to take time to make the necessary changes, but I am committed to the process. In the coming weeks I will be sharing more on the process and what I am specifically doing to make the necessary changes.
What, if any changes do you need to make in your life as a parent?
I remember when I was a teenager I use to sit in a coffee shop and write my thoughts, plans and dreams on napkins. I loved that time! Although it was a dark time in my life due to a drug addiction, I have some wonderful memories as I look back now and think about all God has done in my life.
Today, I don’t write my thoughts on napkins, but in a notebook or on my phone. I keep my phone by my bedside as I find my mind more active in the evening just before I fall asleep. That’s not to say I don’t think throughout my day, I just find my mind often drifts to places which leaves me to write thoughts down more often so I do not forget them.
What about you? Where do you write your thoughts down?