The phrase “readers are leaders” does not just apply to the business world. I believe everyone should read so God can lead them to make informed choices in all areas of life. There are several reasons why I believe people don’t read. With the invention of the internet and the 24 hour news cycle, it is so easy to be overwhelmed by all the information. Plus, our lives are so busy it is hard to take the time to read. With all the information available, it is also hard to know what is true. But still, reading is important.
Reasons people don’t read:
Overwhelm from too much information
Not enough time
Uncertainty about what is true
I believe reading is important because when a believer listens to the voice of God that guidance makes much more sense when you have taken steps to do some study on your own. For example, one of my goats became very sick with vague symptoms of loss of appetite and condition. I asked for guidance and was led to the diagnosis of liver flukes. I have never seen a case of liver flukes but somewhere I had read about them. Had I never heard of these nasty little creatures it would have been much harder for God to bring them to my consciousness.
Reading makes a person more confidant and less dependent on the opinions of others. When making health decisions what worked well for someone else may be completely the wrong approach for you. For example, God lead me to read a book about eating according to a person’s blood type. This may seem really weird but I find I do much better when I eat the foods most beneficial for my blood type but my sister has a different blood type and she does better on a much different diet. Because I have found this knowledge I am much less likely to follow whatever eating fad is most popular.
When you take the time to read and you apply the knowledge not only do you help yourself but you can share with others. I don’t mean give advice but guide people to seek their own answers. Hearing directly from God is only one way we get his messages. God often works through our friends and family members to reach us. God has led me to write about horseman’s health but I don’t do this from my opinions. I write what he tells me to write.
Why reading is important:
Develop a knowledge bank that God can access to guide you
Build your confidence to make informed decisions
Help guide others to their answers
When you read what God leads you to read you don’t have to even be concerned with all the other stuff out there. When you read what God leads you to read you can trust you are not wasting your time. When you ask God to tell you what is true you can take that wisdom to the bank and store it for future access.
There are other ways to gain knowledge such as word of mouth, personal experience and pictures but for me the written word has the most power. With the written word we have a huge bank of information available for God to access. We are able to make good choices for our health and rely less on the opinions of others. When we read, study and apply our knowledge we gain wisdom that applies for us. When God guides us to share what we have learned with others we should but without expectation that it will be the answer for them. Perhaps it will just be the beginning of their own journey. Madalyn
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Have you read any of the writings of George Fox and the other early Quakers of the 1600s? You might find them well worth your time. If you are interested, I could recommend some books.
Regarding liver flukes, one of the names that has stuck with me since the 1960s when I was a biology major is Fasciola hepatica. I trot the name out whenever I need to impress anyone with my education. As long as they don’t question me too closely, they aren’t impressed by my lack!
Thanks for your post.
Thanks Ellis. I would be interested in the books. Madalyn