The “Make or Break” of a Break: Read

I love breaks!  I wouldn’t make it far without them.  Furthermore, I believe breaks are monumental for personal growth.  However, you can’t flippantly walk into a break.  In order to exploit a break for all its worth, you must be intentional with how you approach it.  The difference here is huge: between having a break and letting a break have you.  One prepares and propels you; the other leaves you empty and tired.  So, here’s the second step to having an intentional, growth-filled break: Read.

John Wesley once said, “It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading. A reading people will always be a knowing people.”  I’ve often found that people want to read, they just don’t know what to read.  If you have some decent time at home, may I make a recommendation?  Shoot for three books:

  • Let your first book be one that greatly interests you.  If you’re not motivated, it’s not worth it!
  • Let the second book be a biography.  Learn about a great hero of the faith (try Hudson Taylor, Jim Elliot, Amy Carmichael, Adoniram Judson, or others)
  • Let the third book be about a topic that you want to learn more about.  This could be a spiritual gift (prophesy, hospitality, tongues, etc.), an element of character (humility, thankfulness, love, etc), an aspect of leadership, or anything else you’ve want to study more in-depth.

Make sure to check out the first ingredient to a growth-filled break: Rest.

Caleb Gallifant


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