I just read where someone once wrote that you'll be the same person five years from now as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read. The idea is that you won't grow as a person unless you bring new and positive influences into your life.
This is my ninth summer of living in Battle Creek, Michigan. My family and I love Battle Creek. Great place to live and raise your family.
But I've noticed a trend as I watch people who live in the same place for a long period of time and am wanting to guard myself from the same temptation.
The temptation of never or rarely making new friends, seeking out mentors, or building into the lives of others.
The temptation of rarely or never reading meaningful and enriching books and articles.
Now, now, don't get me wrong.
I'm not Saying that you should dump all your current friends in favor of some new ones (unless you are hanging around with a group of negative, bitter people).
But I do challenge you today to take your relationships and your mind to the next level.
Let me give you a quote:
"Reading is the gateway for growth. Books contain information, insight, and inspiration - all of which contribute significantly to your mental and spiritual development. Without the guidance of books, you're guessing at best. You're like a boat at sea without compass or map: You have the power to get somewhere but you have no direction.
Books contain the experiences of people who have failed miserably as well as those who have achieved greatly (both are useful. Good books also present ideas and concepts that stretch beyond our self-imposed limits.
This is especially true with the Bible. The greatest book ever written will teach, correct, inspire, and point you to the author. David wrote that the words of God are "more desirable than gold" and "sweeter than honey" (Psalms 19:10). The Bible is the basic guide for life. Read it daily. And make it a habit to read other enriching books as well."
Read, read, read!
I never want to remain the same, I always want to be growing spiritually, mentally, emotionally and relationally!
Read, read, read!
And may your life be changed forever.