It’s now nearly a month into a new year, and thankfully I have yet to break any New Year’s resolutions. That’s because I never made any. I prefer to call them New Year’s aspirations, so when I fail to meet them it isn’t so harsh! One of my aspirations is to be intentional about reading good books this year. A couple of quotes have stuck with me lately:
“I cannot remember the books I have read anymore than I can remember the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde
In other words, you are what you read. It’s absolutely necessary to read God’s word every day, to study and meditate on it. It’s the foundation of who we are as Christ followers, as well as our guidebook. While Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 doesn’t specifically mention “skilled with the written word” in the list of spiritual gifts God gives people, there are definitely gifted authors out there. Many of them have helped me become a better wife, mom, servant, leader, and human.
It was reading one such author this past summer that helped me formulate my New Year’s reading aspiration. I love it when God sends along just the right book to meet me where I am mentally and spiritually. Back in the summer I picked up a book called Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa Terkeurst. I recommend this book. If you are a guy it will probably be hard to get past the title, and it is written for women, but the truths in it are for everyone. (Just don’t get caught with it in the break room at work, as you may be required to do some explaining.)
I struggle with my mental load a bit every day, working to balance it all and check off as many “to do” boxes as possible. I’ve often said that if I could just find a way to stop needing sleep I might could get it all done! I always feel dissatisfied and like something deeper is missing when I put my time with God on my list with a check box by it, which I am prone to do. Lysa shares personal struggles and stories in this book and offers a lot of practical help for the mentally overloaded. Two things I deeply appreciate in a book of this type are concrete ideas that could really work in the real world, and wit. Lysa Terkheurst delivers both.
Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl is one of those books I like to attack with a highlighter and then pull quotes out of to post on my mirror, car dashboard, or anywhere I’m prone to see it. I’m getting ready to re-read it again, perhaps with a different colored highlighter for the parts I might have missed the first time around.
If you read this book, I hope you enjoy it and get as much out of it as I have!