The professor asked the incoming freshman class to take out a piece of paper on their first day in class and write down the answer to the following question: â€œWhat books do you read?â€ Everyone dove into what seemed to them a simple, although potentially lengthy task, with fervor. After just a few minutes the professor interrupted them and clarified. â€œYou are obviously writing lists of all the books you HAVE READ. This is not my question. I am asking you to tell me what books you have read and continue to read again and again. What books do you READ?â€
In turn I am asking today, where are you deriving your regular input for living? How do you maintain freshness in your pursuit of life itself? What books do you find yourself returning to over and over for insight, encouragement and wisdom? The â€˜Preacherâ€™ states in Ecclesiastes 12:12, â€œOf making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.â€ We can wear ourselves out trying to read everything!
The list written by the students should have been relatively short and more thought provoking, in my opinion. The professor was wise and so is the Preacher. Now, how about you, what do you read? Would you suggest a couple of personal, meaningful titles that others would benefit from?
On this blog we focus on cells and cell church, so those are fair game titles also. What books help you stay the course for your cell-driven ministry?