Remember study hall in high school? You would have an hour’s break sometime during day when you were supposed to do homework, read, or at least be quiet. At my high school, the coaches were the proctors so at least study hall offered some semblance of quiet or you would find yourself on the other end of a paddle or with one coach a clipboard broken over your head.
Now that any form of school is long, long gone it is difficult to find time in my day to “study.” For most of us if we do have a second it is used to check our cellphone or iPad for messages. Yet, time for study is as important as retuning an email or searching the internet for a new outfit. A time for study takes us away from our routine and allows us to think bigger and trigger our curiosity.
When we set aside time to study we give ourselves permission to continue to learn, be curious, and consider our lives. I belong to a book club of older men and ladies who make the time each week to read the week’s reading, to do research on what is written, and to read additional texts and literature on the subject. They inspire me to do the same and to once again reap the rewards of intellectual curiosity.
Whatever your schedule requires of you each day, don’t ignore study hall and and don’t skip it. To study is to grow. If we stop growing it is only a matter of time before we begin to wither. Whatever the form make it a regular part of your life. Study is an appropriate response to the life God give us for it inspire creativity, upends prejudices, and heals.