The other day a friend, Bruce, gave a book to me titled, Finding Freedom in Forgiveness, by the late Charles “Tremendous” Jones. Tremendous is understating the power and influence Charlie had on sales people and Christians during his lifetime.
Near the end of the book, this old saying, repeated by numerous authors, none of whom I can recall, leaped off the page, “You are the same today as you will be in five years except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.”
The first books Tremendous recommended are the sixty six books of the Bible. If you haven’t read and assimilated the wonder of these sixty six books, you are missing the most in depth study of God, His working and the intricacies of human nature. Aside from what scripture teaches it is impossible to get a handle on the complexity of our nature and relationships. As a rule the well read person can read others like a book written in simple language. When applied, this ability saves mountains of grief.
Paul instructed a young preacher concerning reading in 1 Timothy 4:13 “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” In a later letter Paul was concerned about three things; 2 Timothy 4:13, “The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.”
Very good advice.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly Click Amazing Grace and hang on.
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