I am a creator. I enjoy creating things. I work with words, images, colors and designs, even code and systems. I also create with food, and a few other physical mediums. And I love to create with imagination. (Bedtimes with my kids are usually quite entertaining!)
And I love to create here. Words flesh out thoughts, which often interact with each other creating further thoughts, which beget further words about thoughts. It’s a rewarding and interesting cycle all to itself.
Then there is the longer part of the cycle. This part occurs at a slower pace, gradually, over longer cycles; months, even years.
As a creative sort, I often find that one season will be full of creating, whilst another will seem devoid of new work—but that is because I am on the other side of that cycle: intake.
I’ve written about it here before. (Numerous times besides that post, I’m sure.)
And today’s post will highlight the same.
I actually finished up yesterday a bunch of books I’ve been reading over the past weeks and months. With a serious increase in daily output here since June of this current calendar year, I’ve been in output mode, churning out words more than taking in.
But the intake has not ceased. (See here.) And in fact, I am detecting that it’s now on the increase.
I’ve been feeling what could almost be described as a need for more reading time, again. My library account has been active. I’ve purchased a book or two. (Gotta love library book sales! Am I right??) And there are plenty of free options (public domain, etc.) via electronic book distributors.
Have a look at this list of books on my “currently reading” list (available here)
Yes. I am currently, whenever I sit down to read, cracking open each of those books at whatever point I am into them. Really!
(Yes. You are also correct that… I’m a bit whacko.)
We’ve also been enjoying reading chunks of the Bible together as a family. We’re slowly working through Acts together, and last week we took an evening to read through the book of Philippians in one sitting. (Highly recommend you giving that a try, too. Such an encouraging text!)
It’s good to enjoy each cycle. To intake when that is needed, and churn out when in the output cycle.
Output may slow here a bit in this cycle, but the rhythm will flow back to output soon enough.
Last thing for today: the word rhythms was used so beautifully in Eugene Peterson’s translation of Matthew 11:28-30. Enjoy, and remember to keep in rhythm with your (our) father.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”