True confession: I’m a self-proclaimed-avid-borderline-obsessed reader….a bookwork, if you will.
What does this bookworm believe?
1. there are always more books to read
2. you can never have too many books waiting to be read
3. all children should be granted access to books
4. reading is my 1st choice for learning & recreation
I probably have more books in my house waiting to be read, than dollars in the bank account (now, that may be a tad bit of an exaggeration). I always have a book in close proximity to me. I have to check the copyright date of books prior to reading them. I keep lists of books I have read, want to read, and want to read again. I follow authors rather than celebrities on social media.
My obsession with books is 2nd only to my obsession to Chapstick.
One of my 2022 goals was to read the entire Bible. So, when the Pastor of my church recently challenged the entire congregation to read the entire Bible together in 2022, it aligned perfectly with my own goal and with my fixation on reading.
During that challenge the Pastor also mentioned that our personal choices of how we spend our time often trumps our choices of how we spend time with the Lord. He gave the example of how we may say we don’t have enough time to pray or read our Bible during our busy week, but we manage to make time to watch several football games. The point? What is more important…the football game or your relationship with God?
That has marinated with me for several weeks. Every single time I’ve picked up a book to read for recreation, I’ve questioned if I had finished my Bible reading plan for the day. More often than I would have predicted, I had neglected the Bible for another book. With some reflection of that revelation, I realized that the Holy Spirit was nudging me closer and closer towards focusing on Biblical reading before pleasure reading.
In John 16:5 and in verse 16, Jesus repeatedly told the disciples that he was leaving them. He was preparing them for a time that they would not be able to physically see Him anymore. However, in between those two verses is an interesting statement about the work of the Holy Spirit.
But I tell you the truth; It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. ~John 16:7 (NIV)
It’s easy as a Christian to think that being with Jesus forever would be the best thing for us. Yet, in John 16:7, we hear Jesus tell us that it’s better for us to not be with him and that if he didn’t leave, the Holy Spirit couldn’t come. Essentially Jesus was saying that it’s better for us to have the Holy Spirit. With that assertion, comes the knowledge that having the Holy Spirit in our lives means that we will be open to feeling convictions about our behaviors.
We’re a mere three weeks into the New Year and already I’m finding myself convicted by the Holy Spirit regarding my reading behavior and my goal to read through the Bible this year.
It’s time for this bookworm to adjust my beliefs…I need to focus on my Bible goals.
Are you open to those nudges from the Holy Spirit?