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Affluent Christian Investor | August 23, 2017

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Why You Should Read

Martin Luther once said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” Eric Metaxas adds, “If you want to change your world, pick up a book and read.”

Warren Buffet attributes his success to reading…500 pages a day!
He says reading causes knowledge to accumulate like compound interest. But, not many people follow his advice.

Charles Chu, at QZ.com, tells how he tried. He admits to not making 500 pages a day, but he read 400 books in 2 years.

And, the result?

He gained the courage to travel, the conviction to quit his job, gained role models, heroes and found meaning to life.

But, how can the average American read when he spends 608 hours on social media and 1642 hours on TV each year?

Stewarding our time is serious business. We each are given 24 hours a day. But a quick glance at our society reveals that many don’t know how to manage their time.

Chu says to remove all distractions from our environment and make books easy to access. And, use audiobooks when commuting.

Of course, what we read is of utmost importance. Reading influences our thoughts and actions. We must guard against being conformed to the world by keeping the Bible at the top of our book stack. It is alive and filled with more wisdom than anything man can pen. Renewing our minds daily gives us the ability to discern whatever else we read.

Countless biographies of truly successful men and women will inspire us and motivate us to do well. Let’s set the example in our homes and see what a difference it makes!

 

Originally published on Handwriting on the Wall.

Chuck Bentley is CEO of Crown, a non-profit business and personal finance policy and educational organization, and author of “The S.A.L.T. Plan. How to Prepare for an Economic Crisis of Biblical Proportions” and “Root of Riches, What if everything you think about money is wrong?”

 

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