We’ve been discussing my “morning meditation,” which is a daily routine that helps me prepare my mind and heart for the day ahead. I said yesterday that I write down my goals every morning as if they’ve already been accomplished. Today, I’ll share the final stage of my daily routine with you: reading a nonfiction book. While I want to be a good Bible student, I also want to get a broader understanding; I want to learn diverse views and become a student of a variety of issues, such as business, ministry, and leadership. As a result, I devote the last 15 to 20 minutes of my routine to reading a book that teaches me about these subjects. I’ve discovered that incorporating nonfiction reading into my devotional time keeps me on track and allows me to continue to grow as a person. This is the only way I’ll be able to read as much as I do. The average person reads half of a book per year, whereas the average CEO reads 60 nonfiction titles in a year! I don’t know about you, but this seems to me to show a significant correlation between professional success and the amount of reading a person does. While many of us believe we are too busy to squeeze everything in, I can assure you that we are not nearly as busy as the CEO of a Fortune 500 firm, who yet finds time to learn. If they can achieve it, I’m confident you and I can as well!
Friend, I advise you to create your own daily pattern; you don’t have to do it exactly like this, but you must recognize the importance of having a rhythm in your life if you want to succeed. I can’t tell you how helpful this rhythm has been in my spiritual life since it seeps into the rest of my day and provides God’s serenity and power to whatever situation I’m in.