Do you want to be “bedazzled,” “flabbergasted,” “bowled over” and “blown away” every time you read a new book, magazine article, blog, or devotional? Then you’re not alone. I love magazines, Christian publications, books, and online idea websites.
Sometimes we as Christian ladies can fall into the trap of “information overload or hoarding.” Out of a heart of thirsting for God, we become addicted to the process of obtaining volumes of information and ideas. We fall into the trap of admiring anyone of any religious background who says something “new” that causes us to gasp. I placed quotation marks around the “new” because there is really nothing “new” under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 says, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
I have tried to re-train my brain to screen each catchy book title or beautiful book jacket and look beyond to the truth and Scriptures presented. I want to glean ideas that are very helpful without “morphing” into the image of the author’s picture on the back flap of the book!
I love cookbooks, recipes, decorating magazines and picture books. I have THOUSANDS of recipes that I have never cooked, but when the publishers send me a FREE offer for a new cookbook, I can’t wait to send a reply and order! Sound familiar? Well, several years ago I made a decision – no more cookbooks for myself until I cook at least ONE recipe from each of the cookbooks I have on my shelf! That will be…NEVER! So sad, no more hoarding, I mean collecting…I now can avoid being nominated for reality TV.
God can use books, articles, and magazines to help us grow, but the greatest teacher we have is the Holy Spirit of God and our Holy Bible. This is where the great teachers and preachers go for the truths to pass along to us, so why don’t we just go to these sources too?
I’ve given myself this challenge. Instead of buying every book off the shelves or at Amazon.com that interests me, I look at the titles, the introductory pages, the chapter titles, etc., and get an idea of what I need in my Christian life, and then I get my own answers! Yes! Save your money, send it to the missionaries, put it in the offering, and then ask God for wisdom and answers especially for your world.
Why don’t we do the same thing with our Christian books? Let’s pass some along to new Christians, quit buying every “new” publication until we apply at least one truth to our lives from each book, magazine or newsletter, that we already own.
I’ve learned that if I will apply one truth from each sermon I hear my spiritual challenge “plate” is VERY full. I have become wary of reading new books unless I have a willing heart and mind to know what material I need and what material will go into the “information overload” file.
Let’s stop asking, “What’s new?”, and start asking, “What old thing am I not DOING that I can start DOING?”
Texas Baptist College