Permissible But Not Beneficial

I am a reader.  A nonstop reader.  I think you can never read to much.  I  have always read.   I will be a reader until the day I leave this Earth.  For pleasure.  For learning.  I just have to read! 

But when I really stop and think… I CAN read TOO much… or maybe I just need to look at my reading a little differently.

I believe my ability to read, as well as the great enjoyment I get from reading, are gifts from God.  I also know that just like any other gift from God, if I let it take over every free moment it loses something… I lose something.  I ignore other things that need to be done.  I gain weight because I don’t exercise.  My health suffers.  I don’t take care of things around the house.  Things get cluttered.  I don’t spend time with friends and family.  Will I regret missing the time spent with those people one day?  I miss time in nature.  Sunshine, flowers, Go’ds beautiful world.  I simply get so focused on the pleasure of reading constantly – wrapped up in wonderful story after story after story that I lose focus on what I am here for:  the reality of God’s plan for Lisa Grissinger.   

I usually read about 200 books a year.  That includes children’s literature, young adult literature and adult literature.  That includes picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, novels and short stories.  That includes a WHOLE LOT of fiction and a VERY SMALL AMOUNT of nonfiction.  At the end of this year, I expect that I will have read the same amount of books as I normally do.  That is ME.  But I am really looking at how I can really take my enjoyment of reading and really focus that love into something that really helps me in my walk with my Lord.

This year to make my love of reading take a more beneficial turn, I am choosing to remember to put down the books sometimes and go out into the real world.  I am choosing to pick up more Christian living books and not spend my every moment in fiction.  I don’t believe the reading I do is “BAD”, I simply think it takes me away from places God wants me to be sometimes.  And it has really been put on my heart to monitor that time a little differently this year.  I assure you I will still have a book or two with me at all times.  I assure you that I will be reading often.  I just want to make sure I always have my life open to where God wants me to be… and that I don’t miss His call or tap because I am so far gone in a fictional reality. 

I want to be “So Far Gone” in Him!
Lisa 🙂

http://youtu.be/7-sigUxXsAA Thousand Foot Krutch “So Far Gone”

My Favorite Verse

As I prepared for this new year, I read the book MY ONE WORD by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen.  I have always set New Year’s Resolutions and have always failed.  I liked the idea of the one word focus… and my word came pretty easy.  My word is JOY,  I have always been a Christian, but have realized that I was a pretty wishy washy one for a long time.  I was often missing the joy of the Lord  inside me.  I was choosing to NOT be joyful… and to let outside circumstances control my me.  What an open door for Satan!  

My goal with my word is to remember to always be searching for and keeping the joy inside me that does not come from others, food, trips, etc… but from my Jesus.  I have not allowed Him to REALLY let His light shine in me.  That time is gone… I am actively focused on having that joy through all life has to throw at me. 

That brings me to my focus verse of the year.  “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” ~ Habakkuk 3:17-18. 

No matter what–I WILL LET HIS JOY GLOW IN ME!  I will rejoice!  I will be joyful!  NO MATTER WHAT!

It is where I want to be.  It is who I want to be.  It is what I will be!

This year:  I will find His joy in me, no matter what the year brings.  I know that won’t be easy and I won’t be able to do this on my own.  I will be praying endlessly to get myself there and to keep myself there.  I am just going to open that door and I know God will get me there!  That’s what is important.  I will stumble, but He will be there to pick me up, carry me and remind me to take the joy He is giving.  I am so thankful for that! 

Lisa 🙂