A Springboard for You

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We are what we read

Author and speaker, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones says, “The person you will be in five years is determined by the people you meet and the books you read.” 

I think he’s right. Therefore, I have to ask, what will I read and who will I meet over the next five years? Let’s hone in on the reading side of it. We become what we think about and we think about whatever we put in our minds.

Galatians 6:7-8 says, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life” (ESV).

Certainly, this doesn’t mean I can’t ever read anything that is not spiritual. This doesn’t mean I can’t ever catch up on Grisham, Cussler, Pratchett or Eldridge. However, it does mean I need to be sowing my mental seeds toward the spirit. But, before I start chowing down on Dobson, Swindoll, Bowman or Adams, I need to start at the source. The B-I-B-L-E. Yes, that’s the book for me.

I don’t know about you, but it’s so easy for me to say, “The Bible? I’ve read that. Let me move on to Maxwell, Blanchard or Covey to see if they can give me a new perspective.” Instead of starting my day with a word from the local news, a word from my favorite author or even a word from our sponsors, I need to get THE Word.

(WARNING: Shameless personal plugs ahead)

That is one of the reasons I also started Give Attention to Reading. It’s a way to keep me in the Word first every day. I hope you can join me there each week day as we read through the New Testament over the next six months. Feel free to read along and join in the discussion.

After getting into the Word, then I need to make sure at least some of my supporting reading is going to sow to the Spirit. Right now I’ve been really into Warren Wiersbe’s “Be Series.” You might find that interesting also. I’ld also like to share with you a book that changed my life in the writing. Walks with God was a labor of love for me. As I wrote that book and then went through it with my brethren in the Franklin Church of Christ, it truly impacted me and my walk with the Lord. I wrote it because I thought it would add value to the brethren I love and because I thought it would help us all sow to the Spirit in our lives. I know it did for me.

Okay, enough of my shameless plugs (am I allowed to do that on my own blog). Anyway, whether it is one of my books or some other Christian’s really doesn’t matter to me. Let’s just remember that the only difference between us now and us in five years is the relationships we develop and the books we read. Let’s sow to the Spirit in both.

May God richly bless you as you draw closer to Him.
More importantly, may you richly bless God. 

 

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July 1, 2008 Posted by | Reading | Leave a comment