Christians need a regular schedule of reading, thinking, discussing, and praying that informs them about faith and life and helps them grow a soul. Most of us think we are too busy for such time-consuming exercises, but the inner being is not strengthened by osmosis. Our busy schedules are often filled with secondary—if not needless—concerns. Some activities may need to be laid aside, but the contemplative part of faith is not one of them.
Klyne Snodgrass, Ephesians, The NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996), 190.