I feel like lately God has put it on my heart to start reading more. My current regime includes reading at least two chapter’s of the Bible everyday, (one in the morning before I get up and one in the evening before I go to sleep) and that’s good.
It is also good to read books that help you to understand the Bible, not just the commentary in the Bible. I’ve read books by James W. Goll (The Seer), Choo Nam (Heaven Is So Real!), Mary K. Baxter (A Divine Revelation Of Hell), John T. Bristow (What Paul Really Said About Women: An Apostle’s Liberating Views On Equality In Marriage Leadership and Love) and much more!
I am not opposed to reading, as evidenced by the fact that I have two degrees, one of which was obtained from a Russell Group university, I did loads of reading for that (SEE MY PROSE AND POETRY PAGE). However, as I said, Jesus has brought to my attention that after all of that intense reading and research from my degrees and other interests I just started working and read less, especially when I was not self employed.
I also feel like God is pushing me to read books that will help me with my work. Yes, I am self employed and I don’t have a manager to force me to do some kind of CPD (Continual Professional Development), however, I still feel like I should have the self respect and self disciple to just do it. Furthermore, out of respect to Jesus who has given me the gifts, it is my duty to make sure that I continue to do my best and not be… meh. So I decided to finish reading the Principles of Orchestration by Rimsky-Korsakov. It’s really helped me to improve my composing (SEE MY ORCHESTRATIONS & ARRANGEMENTS PAGE).
The Bible on Reading
We see in the Bible that studiousness is a good thing, the Israelites were told countless times to meditate on the word of God, to read it and re read it, in order to remember it and apply it to their lives.
[Joshua 1:8 NLT]  Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
It also says in the Bible,
[2 Timothy 2:15 NLT]  Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
The verse from 2 Tim always reminds me to try hard and if I have to read something to improve and I have the resources to access the material, then that is what I should do because that is what God would want.
Reading does not have to involve a physical book, it could be an ebook or an Audio book. Personally, I have found that using an app to read and listen to the Bible has actually helped me to manage to read the entire Bible and I feel closer to Jesus because of it. One also gets to learn new words when reading and come into contact with new perspectives. There is a whole world of knowledge and opinions out there just waiting to be discovered! So pick up a book, Kindle, iPad, newspaper or whatever you use to access written media and have a read.
P.S. let one of the first things you read be your Bible, invite Jesus to come and sit with you and ask the Holy Spirit to help you to understand it and you will definitely find that you will come closer to Jesus through reading his word.
“Ezra 7:10 (NLT) – This was because Ezra had.” Blue Letter Bible. Web. 24 Nov, 2016. <https://www.blueletterbible.org/nlt/ezr/7/10/s_410010>
“2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT) – Work hard so you can.” Blue Letter Bible. Web. 24 Nov, 2016. <https://www.blueletterbible.org/nlt/2ti/2/15/s_1127015>