- 2 Timothy 4:13 (NKJV) Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you come—and the books, especially the parchments.
- If you seldom if ever read that should be a huge red flag– it means you are not growing; and the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read but rather those who are not constantly learning and relearning.
- Moreover, let me encourage you to read good books. Three hundred word blogs, verbal sound bites off Facebook, Tweets, magazine articles, etc. can be helpful—but it is only in a longer treatment of an issue can you truly dig down and learn to a level that will help you grow. A good blog or magazine article is like healthy snack food—they can give you quick energy, but you don’t want to make that your main meals.
- Finally, let me encourage you to finish the books your read. Starting and stopping books can be a sign of a flabby mind and character. Stay with it—just the process of finishing a book will be a good exercise for you.
Bottom line, it is easy to fall into the trap of allowing the mind to grow flaccid and pliable. The problem with this is that others will begin to do your thinking for you—and that is seldom a good thing.