I am a guy who loves books. Anyone who knows me knows that there are fewer things in life that bring me more joy than books. So, when my friends Adam, John and I were talking and a challenge from our pastor came up, I wasn’t sure how to react initially: “Close all your books [specifically the theology ones], turn off all your podcasts, and only read your Bible for a while.”
I’ve always been a voracious reader—and generally speaking fairly broad in my selections. Fiction, sci-fi, mystery, history, humor, biography, theology… I read a LOT of books. Some good, too many not so good. But it’s always been one of my few hobbies, aside from writing this blog (which is much more recent, obviously). And there’s a question behind this challenge: Do I read a lot because I like to appear intelligent, or do I read a lot to grow in my knowledge and experience of God?
Are books an idol?
I’ve been wrestling with this idea for a few days, of putting down my books for a while, and seeing what’s rattling around my head that I’ve not fully processed yet. To see where my heart is and learn whether or not I study theology to the glory of God or for my own.
For the next 40 days, I am committing to turning off my few podcasts and reading my Bible, with perhaps the odd bit of fiction thrown in when my head is throbbing from a whole heap of the Prophets.
And I want you to join me. If you’re a podcast fiend, a book junkie, or whatever your poison: turn it off, put it down, stop doing it.
For 40 days.
Throughout the next few weeks, I’ll be posting updates on my progress as I hope that God will reveal to me where my heart is at in this area of my life.
Feel like joining me?