“The full soul loatheth an honeycomb, but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” –Proverbs 27:7
I have discovered that it’s possible for me to survive without reading books constantly. Considering that I’m usually working my way through 3-5 books a week, when I’m at home, the fact that I’m reading a book per month (if I’m lucky) is huge. But you know what? It’s okay. I had such plans to read all sorts of books on my Kindle, but I don’t have as much time, and there are more important things to do. Like sleep. And keep up with loved ones, on e-mail and Facebook. I’ve probably read hundreds of books in the last year, so I can probably go without them for quite a while. I’m not even having withdrawal symptoms!
But I’ve made an even more important discovery. While I can survive without all my books on history, politics, and fiction, I cannot survive without the Word of God. And to my shame, I’ve been trying to do so. I had time for every other book under the sun, but no time for my Bible. And my weekend in Yeppoon brought it home to me that I was spiritually starving, or dehydrated, however you want to look at it.
There is nothing wrong with either books or reading, but there’s a line between love and idolatry. When something becomes more important to you than your relationship with Christ, then you need to examine yourself. And while there are other reasons I’ve been screwing up lately, my book habits have not been helping. Why read my Bible when this other book I’m reading is so interesting? I’ll read my Bible later. You get the idea.
So, I say again… it’s a good thing for me to have a break from my normal reading habits. It’s a good time for reading and learning about the most important Person of all… my Savior.