One of the ways I relax is by reading. A pastor recently cleaned out his book closet to do some office renovations. Knowing I like to read he offered me the books. To my pleasant surprise it was five boxes of books! More than most peoples entire library. It will take some time to sort through all of them. Decisions to make as far as what to keep and what to pass along. Among the books are several that I already have so those are easy to set in the “go” pile. Then there are ones that do not interest me. It is difficult for me to make decisions about the ones that can readily be used in a class setting when I don’t know when the opportunity to use them may come along.
Oh the treasure to be found in books! Oswald Chambers, C. H. Spurgeon, A. W. Tozer, George O. Wood, and many more authors are a part of my library. Nobody can know all things about all things and yet God has gifted us with writings from great minds to help enlighten life. If this love affair with other people’s writings seems strange to you why are you reading this post? Curiosity? You know the author? You like the content? A mix of several things?
Reading is such a wonderful skill to have acquired. It was in the first grade when my sister taught me the basics of reading, and for that I am truly grateful. It took several years to catch up with others in school on the reading level but it worked out for me.
In 2 Timothy 4: 9-13 Paul is sitting in prison near the end of his life. This was no cushy prison with television and gymnasium, this was a cold, dark, dirty place that men would cry out for death. Look at his request; Timothy, please come as soon as you can. 10 Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus has gone to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you when you come, for he will be helpful to me in my ministry. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, be sure to bring the coat I left with Carpus at Troas. Also bring my books, and especially my papers. Among the requests this dying saint made was for his books. To be sure his priorities were sound. First he requests people that will be of comfort and help. Then he requested a coat for physical comfort. But his books and especially his papers, which were most likely writings of great teachers of the time, were included in Paul’s final written request. Such power in the written word that can only be appreciated by those willing to embrace it.
Rev. Burt Schwab