‘Gatsby came here to be near Daisy. He can see her house across the bay’. Then there was a reason for all those parties. Gatsby had hoped that one evening, Daisy would walk into his house (Fitzgerald: 2005, p.35).
The quotation above would make you hungry for more, pulsating your heart and keeping your mind in the suspense mode. Just reading one book or article, would make you want to read some more. But in today’s world of Internet and computer games, people would rather watch a movie than read a book. Is reading a book still worthwhile, or can you shelf all books after you have earned a College degree?
Consider the Scriptures: “Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” (1 Timothy 4: 13). “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Revelation 1: 3). Why read? Reading increases your knowledge and understanding. You can become an expert in other fields that you did not study in college. In other words, reading broadens your spectrum of wisdom and how you view things and handle problems.
You might argue that old people who are (or were) illiterate had so much wisdom and knowledge, and handled situations and problems better than us today. True in some sense. But did you know that wisdom they possessed was transferred orally through stories and practice. Theoretically, this wisdom might have been passed by one individual who could read. Did you know that most of the laws and customs in our cultures are from the Bible? How did they get to know these things when they could not read? The answer is simple, somebody who could read, told them and they passed it through generations, without reading.
Just as you exercise your body by going to the gym or field, so it is as well that when you read, you are training your brain to think quicker than ever before. “There is mounting evidence that regular reading helps ward off Alzheimer’s…” (Williams: 2009, p. 62). Reading just brings joy to your heart, and a happy heart is a happy you! Williams continues saying:
If you need further evidence that reading is the best choice for filling up your leisure time, consider this: when you read a book you are using primary natural energy–the kind you’ve been given by God and that’s available to you every day.
So what is the conclusion? Be a lifelong learner. Never stop learning. By reading, you are learning and exercising your mind.
1. Fitzgerald, F.S. (2005). The great Gatsby. Retold by Margaret Tarner. Oxford: Macmillan Heinemann ELT
2. Williams, P. and Williams, K. (2009). The takeaway: 20 unforgettable life lessons every father should pass on to his child. Deerfield Beach, Florida: Health Communications