“To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend. To read it for a second time is to meet an old one.” ~ Chinese saying
Reading is fundamental. Reading is crucial. Reading improves a person’s chances at learning, at being creative, and at being a conversationalist. Reading opens the world to others. Reading inspires. Reading is just plain ol’ good for you.
So, if that is the case, why do so few people take the time to read anything spiritual? Most of the reading that gets done is in the form of magazines or novels. There does not seem to be as big a market for inspirational reading.
Yet, all the things that reading can do applies to spiritual reading as well. Spiritual reading opens our minds and hearts to all the possibilities of God. It gives us a chance to reflect upon the joys and sorrows, hopes and fears, of others. It gives us the perspective that we need to be more devoted Christians.
The Bible and other spiritual reading should, in the view of today’s quote, be “old friends”. Our Bibles and other religious books should be dogeared. They should be something that we feel comfortable with and comfortable coming back to time and time again.
Think about the books that might be around your house; or, for the techies among you, the books on your E-readers. How many of them pertain to the faith? How many of them truly inspire you to want to do more for the faith and more for the Lord?
There is a vast amount of spiritual literature available on the web. A quick search can find you much to read. It just might be time to get together with an old friend again or to make a new one today.
FAITH ACTION: Whether it be the Bible, a book about the saints, or some other inspirational book, take the time to read something that has to do with the faith today.