Maybe. I want to get you thinking. I even want to excite you. God has given you a gift. In this very moment, you may not even realize it, but the gift you are using is so unimaginable and gloriously complex, yet it’s so stunningly simple.
God has given you literacy. Something we all take for granted. Have you paused recently to thank God for that teacher that drilled phonics or made you trudge through Beowulf? When was the last time that you were “knocked over” by an author’s sheer power of
the pen? Have you thought that the gift of reading for you was not just a means of survival but a passport into lands that you have yet to discover?
Literacy is not just neurotically processing letters, spaces and punctuation. It is the stepping-stone to thoughts. Some thoughts utterly underwhelming; while others life-changing. Lately, I’ve been reading a book on… reading (go figure, right?!). You should
read it, too. Tony Reinke says in his book Lit!: “The gift of literacy is more profound than merely mastering literacy techniques, improving comprehension, and learning to speed-read. Fundamentally, literacy is a spiritual discipline that must overcome the spiritual darkness [ignorance] that veils us.”
Why read? Here are two reasons to chew on:
1. Because the Christian faith is a Word faith. How did creation come to be? By the simple words of God. He spoke, and it was. Probably one of the most used phrases in both testaments of the Bible is: “[God] said.” God “upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3). That great blessing of our salvation, justification, is none other than a declaration from God. We are made right with God by his very word. Jesus is called the Word (John 1:1-2).
2. Because the history of the world has hung on words. A lie in a garden. A curse to a snake. A dictator. A religious impostor. A space program. A declaration of freedom. Law(s). “I do.” A favorite brand slogan.
The truth is words can do much more than sticks or stones ever will. Stay tuned for more on reading and the Christian…