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You are what you read.
I have to say that today has been really eye-opening. Jesus says at many different points, “Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.” That is exactly what happened today.
If you haven’t listened to God’s voice lately, you’re missing out on life. God lets you in on secrets of life that make you think that you have just arrived from another planet because the advice He gives you is so rudimentary simplistic.
Our life seemed like it was going out of control. Lack of sufficient sleep, irritable and grumpy often, and patience was little to none. Typical American life right?
For the first time, I have had my perspective shifted to face the positive. Being brought up in a non-positive household has made it really difficult to see things in this light. Until now.
A visiting preacher said, “We are what we read. So we should be wearing out our Bibles. We should have loose pages, spines breaking down, and other wear and tear.” (I’m loosely quoting because I was blown away by this statement. It goes along with so many things that have been on my mind.)
He then went on to preach about money. He joked about how he can preach about sensitive material and then run away for a while. I loved what he spoke about this morning.
Wealth and happiness cannot be found in things and stuff. It was really encouraging to hear someone speak about how God thinks about the lifestyle we have chosen.
But that isn’t the point of this article. It is a huge contributing factor though.
The point of this particular article is that you are what you read.
Let’s dive into this subject.
So if a person is what they read, then what they read should be apparent by their words and actions. If a person is into dark subjects, then their thoughts begin to take on a dark tone. Much the same as when a person is into reading romance and adult stories, then their mind tends to start looking at people as sex objects and not a person.
What I learned about life is simple; if you are not happy with something, change it.
If you are unhappy with what your children are learning at school, then pull them out of school and teach them yourself. Or, educate them like a parent should, not relying on others to teach your children things that you know are not right.
If you are unhappy at your work place, change it. Talk with your manager or supervisor about what is unpleasant about your job. If something is hurting you physically, ergonomics needs to be addressed and the job fitted to you not you fit into the job.
When you get into a vehicle that someone else drove last, what is the first thing that you do? Adjust the seat, mirrors, and seat belt to fit you. This is automatically done every single time regardless of age, sex, religion, skin color, racial heritage, eye sight, hair color, amount of jewelry worn, get the picture yet? You adjust your environment to fit you. This is without exception.
So why do you not adjust your life to fit you?
I’ve said this for several years and will continue to say it until I am no more and even then I will have it written somewhere that people can see it and learn it.
“If it’s important to you, you will make time for it.”
You are in control of your life.
It doesn’t matter what you do in your lifetime, you are in control the entire time. You can follow or exceed the speed limit, this is your choice to make. You are in control of what you eat. (Naturally excluding those that have been limited to a feeding tube. I’m referring to the general public with this statement and I mean no offense to those that have different lifestyles.) Each day, you make a choice as to what goes into your body.
I was able to lose over 30#s solely on what I put into my body. This is no lie. At first I was running and enjoying it until I got a tear in my right meniscus in the knee and now I can’t run across the yard without pain. But the point is that you can change your physical body solely on what you consume. I eat as organic as possible and unprocessed as possible. However, I do not put myself through the pain and suffering of a limited diet. If we are at a birthday party and cake and ice cream is handed out, I’ll have some. I don’t do this everyday which is the big secret.
If you are curious as to my diet, contact me on my Facebook page and I would be more than happy to discuss it with you.
If it’s important to you, you will make time for it.
I live by this saying because it is so true. How many times have you said, “I wish I had more time to do …”, “I wish I had more time for …”, “I wish I had time to …”.
STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT!
You are in control of your life, so if you are unhappy with something, CHANGE IT! I can’t stress this point enough. If your life is lonely and miserable, change it. If your life is sad and depressing, change it. If your life is not the one you want it to be, change it.
It really is that simple.
My wife and I came to this point in our lives where we were not happy with our lives. Too much stuff, not enough time to do the things we enjoy, and it wasn’t fulfilling. So we decided to change it. We didn’t ask permission from anyone, we just decided to change our lives to make it suit us.
We had too much stuff so we started getting rid of it. As I’m writing this, I have a pile of stuff in our front room that is on its way out. If we are not using it or it doesn’t bring us joy, out it goes without a second thought. Its that easy.
We didn’t like how much debt we had, so we decided to do away with it. Didn’t ask anyone what they thought of it, we just decided to do it. We get closer everyday to being debt-free as our goal in life.
I wanted more time for writing, so I’ve started plugging in more time for it. I went so far as to create a Wattpad account so I could write on my lunch hour. I am finding time to write where people think there is no time. Writing is important to me so I find time to do it. Even if I never make any money off my words, it brings me joy and that is what matters.
I enjoy reading, so I find time for it. Late at night, early in the morning, during lunch, I find time. Which brings me to my next point and if you don’t want your toes stepped on, stop reading here.
A mind that has no creativity is dead.
This is a harsh thing to say but it is true. At this point, I’m going to start getting deeper with my thought process and I hope that I don’t lose anyone because I think that these points are what is killing our nation and everyone else in the world as well.
Stop limiting yourself.
When you say, “I don’t like to read because it doesn’t hold my attention.” You’re not reading the right stuff. Trust me when I say this, if I’m not interested in the material, I don’t read it. I am in control of what I read. If something doesn’t hold my attention, I move on to something else.
When you say, “I can’t understand the language or the words being used.” What you are really saying is that you have limited yourself on an educational level. If the biggest words you use in normal conversation only consist of 4-5 letters, you are missing out. In other words, educate yourself so as not to be a dolt. (Look that up if you don’t know what it means.)
When you say, “I’m a visual person.” What you are saying is that your imagination is dead. You have to have things visually fed to you because you can’t imagine what they would look like. If anyone is a visual person, it’s me. I have bad hearing and conversation is pretty low on my list of enjoyable things due to the difficulty I have with hearing people.
But, what I’ve done to overcome my hearing issue is this, pay attention. You are what you read. If you are surrounded by negativity and this is what you are “reading” in your life, then you will be a negative person. If you are surrounding and engaging in positive things, then your “reading” is going to be positive and therefore you as a person will become positive.
So here is my suggestion for everyone, myself included. Read your Bible. God has given us all we need to know in one book. We don’t need extra commentaries that try to explain God to us, the Bible does this for us. We don’t need one person’s thoughts to tell us what God expects out of us, the Bible reveals what God has in store. There are more versions of the Bible than any other book in the world. Just in English alone there is NASB, NIV, KJV, NKJV, NLT, ESV, Amplified Bible, and that doesn’t include the study Bible versions. There is a version that you can understand and in your language.
You may be saying to yourself, “The Bible is boring and out of date.” Not so. People today still practice the farming methods and practices of the biblical times. It tells us of how to keep our homes and bodies clean, what to do if we have marital issues, what to do in times of struggles. The list goes on and on.
Like war stories? The Bible has those.
Like romance and drama? The Bible has those.
Like suspense? The Bible has those.
Are you getting the point yet?
Like stories that teach a lesson? Jesus tells those. You can find it in red generally, and towards the end of the Bible. For those that don’t know where it would be just find words in red and read.
Want bedtime stories? Those are there.
Want action stories of ship wrecks, storms, and squalls? The Bible has those.
So the next time you find someone saying that the Bible is boring they just haven’t read the right parts. The Bible is absolutely full of stories. Some end good and others not so good. But what makes them special is that they are real stories about real people. Unlike what I write which is not real people and not real events which is why its called Fiction.
So, the moral of this article is this:
You are what you read.
“All I have learned, I learned from books.” Abraham Lincoln