The Leader and Reading
"When you come, bring . . . my scrolls, especially the parchments." (2 Timothy 4:13)
"Reading maketh a full man; speaking, a ready man, writing, an exact man." (Francis Bacon)
The leader who intends to grow spiritually and intellectually will be reading constantly. . . the spiritual leader must master God’s Word and its principles, and know as well the minds of those who look to the leader for guidance. To do so, the leader must have an active life of reading.
“Read to refill the wells of inspiration,” was the advice of Harold Ockenga. . . [We are to read] for spiritual benefit. . . to spark our impulse to service and lead us to God. . . for intellectual growth. . . to cultivate [one's] preaching and writing style. . . to acquire new information, to keep current with the time, to be well informed in his or her own field of expertise. . . to have fellowship with great minds. Through books we hold communion with the greatest spiritual leaders of the ages.
What to Read
If a man is known by the company he keeps, so also his character is reflected in the books he reads. A leader’s reading is the outward expression of his inner aspirations. The vast number of titles pouring from presses today makes discriminating choice essential. We can afford to read only the best, only that which invigorates our mission. Our reading should be regulated by who we are and what we intend to accomplish.
How to Read
By reading we learn. By meditating on the themes of our reading, we pluck the fruit from the tree of books and add nourishment to our minds and our ministries. Unless our reading includes serious thinking, it is wasted time. . . A book is a channel for the flow of ideas between one mind and another. . . Leaders should always cut a channel between reading and speaking and writing, so that others derive benefit, pleasure, and inspiration.
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