Reading is a great thing. Before this year, I was not much of a reader, but I have grown to appreciate the value of a good book.
Maybe you are a reader and maybe you are not, but as I have picked up this habit more and more, I’ve come to realize just how special reading is, for a number of reasons. I will share some below.
Reading gives you the opportunity to see someone else’s perspective.
You may not become a walking dictionary or encyclopedia when you read, but you have the opportunity to see life from someone else’s point of view (the author’s) and learn from it (whether good or bad).
Reading teaches you many new things.
When you read, you will pick up lots of interesting facts that you did not know before! Maybe those facts will become handy someday?
Reading allows you to experience someone else’s life that you would not be able to meet.
Maybe it is Charles Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, Adonirum Judson, or Abraham Lincoln. Regardless of who it is, through reading you can sit down with them (in a sense) and learn from them even though they are not alive anymore.
So, for the kids in your life, maybe you can get them hooked doing this positive habit (especially during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic). But for you also it would be a great opportunity to recognize the benefits of reading and to start by opening some books.
Either way, we can encourage the kids in our lives to enjoy learning and growing through books.
Drew Williquette is the children’s pastor at First Baptist Church of Glen Este, Ohio. He has served in this capacity since June of 2019. He and his wife Jenna love serving the parents and children at First Baptist and would love to do what they can to help your child grow in the Lord.