The Wisdom of Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx once said, “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
How about you? Are you aware of the importance of reading?
Tim Challies reveals that “if you do not read, you deny yourself a great way to learn who God is and how he acts in this world.” Tim gives four reasons we need to read: to know, to grow, to lead, and to love.
He says the best reason to read books is to know God. He reveals Himself to us through His Word, but we glean from what others have learned when reading books.
John Piper, in Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of Christ, says that when reading, “… we are working hard with our minds to figure out meaning from texts. Then, of course, we go on from there to think how that meaning relates to other meanings from other texts and from experiences in life. On and on the mind goes, until we build a coherent view of the world so that we can live a life that is rooted in a true understanding of God’s Word and its application to the world.”
I currently have books overflowing from my bedside table onto the floor. I read every night before going to sleep. I read first thing in the morning. I read throughout the day. Books travel with me. As a result, my mind and the lens through which I view the world has been shaped by the written word.
Finally, Paul says in Romans 12:2, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, and that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.