Dr. Ben Carson, speaking at the Faulkner Benefit Dinner recently, suggested we read something educational for 30 minutes each day in order to grow mentally. Every time I pick up something to read, I remember what he said. Learning my new iMac is certainly a new learning experience for me, so I feel like I am keeping my pledge to him.
The greatest book and one that provides the greatest education is the Bible, the Word of God. Think with me for a bit.
We can read about “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” yet the Bible says “A man that would have friends must show himself friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). Jesus said, “You are My friends if you do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:14).
We can read “You Say More Than You Think,” yet the Bible says “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). James said, “Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19).
We can read “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living,” yet the Bible says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).
We can read “The Purpose Driven Life,” yet the Bible says, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
We can read “Effective Speaking,” yet the Bible says “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6).
We can read, “If I Had My Life to Live Over,” yet remember Paul said, “The time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness…” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).
We can read “Daily Guideposts,” but the Word of God holds the greatest words ever written on daily guides for our lives. “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26). “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matt. 7:12); “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16.
“He is a wise person who seeks God’s advice first for his life by studying His word.” – Glenda Williams