I love to read. Always have, ever since I can remember. And I’m always on the lookout for new books to read.
One of my favorite things to do with my girls is go to the library. We’ll make a morning of it, heading over there for an hour or so, browsing among the stacks and finding new jewels that we’ve not read before. I love to see them get excited about new books; one of my goals as a dad when our first child was born was to impart to them a love for reading. I think that can take you farther than just about any other skill, and far too few people in our world today avail themselves of the books that are available. I read once that the average American reads three books between graduation from high school to death. Three books total! I want to do everything I can to teach my girls the value of learning by reading.
I often tell leaders that reading is a non-negotiable if you want to get better. John Maxwell has said well that “leaders are readers.” Right now, I’m reading Breakthrough Prayer by Jim Cymbala, and queued up next is E.M.Bounds on Prayer. This is a topic that I’ve not read nearly enough on, and I want to remedy that. I believe prayer is a skill, just like any other type of communication, and I want to get better and better at it. It’s too important to ignore, and leaders have to set the pace. I’ve been convicted lately by what James wrote in James 4:2 – “you have not because you ask not.” I never want that to be true of my life or of Southview’s.
What are you reading right now?