How Do I Find Time for This Elder Discipleship?

I know from some conversations that some are thinking, “How do I make time for this?”

Here are five points to consider:

First, your heart has to be in it. You have to be convinced that this is what you need at this time in your life. If it is, don’t let the opportunity pass. All good things require discipline, difficult decisions and energetic stretching of the hours of the day. It is worth it, but your heart has to be in it or the efforts will fall off.

Second, we would want you to be able to set aside 3-4 hours per week to read the books and meet with the group once per week. Some will finish the books and some will not. The books are generally not very thick so the book list is really not as massive in terms of sheer reading as it looks. There are more books than there is reading. Having the books as resources will also be a valuable asset for many years to come.

Third, for many men, it is easy to find 3-4 hours of reading per week if they refrain from surfing the internet, looking at blogs and chasing news stories one link at a time and watching funny video clips and other things. These things really add up. You may actually have more time in your schedule than you think because of misplaced priorities, time wasters and lawful research that may be better put aside.

Fourth, I recommend that men set aside specific times to do the reading. Two hours twice per week with no interruptions would be a nice way to do it, or some variation of that.

Fifth, have your children do the reading with you as part of their school. This will give lots of opportunity for you to discuss meaningful things around the dinner table and while you are sitting in your house, walking by the way, lying down and rising up.

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