I spent much of yesterday and today reading—probably to many they are not very exciting books: Understanding Your Congregation as a System, and Leaders Who Last.
But I really enjoy them. The writing is engaging and the authors discuss concerns that really matter to me: how to understand, serve, and lead the people God gathers in the congregation I call home. I also am reading the autobiography of Gandhi as well as a novel, The Postmistress.
I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not like to read. But sometimes I have gotten so busy that I did not take time to read, to really lose myself in a good book (or books). One thing I have reconnected with on my 90-day Renewal/sabbatical is my love of reading–and its importance in my work as a spiritual leader.
Still, as much as I enjoy reading, I probably would not have done much these two days. Instead, I would have enjoyed the beautiful, cool, weather by working outside. However, due to a small injury to my left foot, I have been advised to put my foot up, and ice it. Can’t do much outside work that way.
Working outside in the dirt is a spiritual practice for me. So is reading. Both help me lose myself in something bigger than me.