I like to think of myself as superman sometimes and try to “do it all” when it comes to reading, studying, praying, etc. Some of it is how I am wired, and some of it is from an intense desire (bred into me from my years of institutional church experience) to “get busy for Jesus”.
When I first heard JP’s talk on the subject in his Kingdom Triangle series, my first thought was “there he goes again loosing his mind”. Especially since I had just discovered and started trying to implement a more regimented sleep schedule in order to help me get more things done.
However especially now as the year is winding down and since Jesse has come, interrupting much of our plans (Lessons from the book of James in action), I’ve come to see the wisdom in JP’s words of allowing yourself to be flexible and paying attention to your biological clock and rhythm and not falling into the temptation of thinking that “beating your body into submission” means destroying it in the process.
JP makes a good point that God designed all things to work within a specific framework (including the body and it’s biorhythms) and that while we can disrupt them from time to time in order to accomplish specific tasks, we should be cautious about making a habit of disrupting them permanently lest we cause damage to our bodies (which, from a logistics perspective causes more problems long-term than it helps solve).
Ecclesiastes 12:12 sums it up quite nicely:
..of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
In all things, balance.
While writing this post I ran across a great post by Internet Monk titled “Can You Study A Book Too Much?”
Also, JP Moreland made waves not too long ago with a paper he wrote regarding evangelicalism’s dangerous flirtation with bibliolatry. The paper is titled “How Evangelicals Became Over-Committed to the Bible and What Can Be Done About It.“.