Who inspires you? It could be a favorite writer, the best teacher you’ve ever had, your mom, your dad, a beloved great uncle, Jesus or all sorts of others whose hearts are in the right place. I could name many people throughout my lifetime who have helped, inspired, me in a multitude of ways.
I won’t make a list of all of their names, but I’d like to give a thank-you to every writer I’ve ever read for their inspiration in my life. Falling in love with reading at the age of 19 helped save my life. Video game heroes as a boy never did this for me. They were and our heroes in their game worlds. In the story of my real life I needed real heroes to save my days.
Two of the first writers works I ever read because I wanted to read for knowledge and fun were C. S. Lewis and Ray Bradbury. Lewis helped show me the way home to the risen King and Ray taught me imagination is a beautiful gift. I hold high the wisdom and the beauty each man helped teach me.
Then there’s my Holy Bible. The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John taught and teach me of the Christ that inspired Lewis to write his words of wisdom in Mere Christianity, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Problem of Pain and many other works. I don’t want to live in a world without miracles. The Bible leads me to believe my entire second chance at life is a miracle. For this I am flooded with thanksgiving and joy.
An old saying states, The man who knows how to read but chooses not to has no advantage over the man who doesn’t know how to read. I believe this statement wholeheartedly! A foolish boy, myself, once believed the lie that life is meaningless. This lie was believed due to the lack of knowledge, wonder, and wisdom I’ve discovered through reading books.
Ray Bradbury can take me to Mars, C. S. Lewis can show me the way back to the one who is the way, the truth, and the life, and those four New Testament gospel writers can help me grow in my faith.
I choose to read because I choose to live life with one hundred percent passion and purpose one hundred percent of the time. Is it true that men can die from a lack of knowledge? It’s never too late to fall in love with reading, with inspiration, with knowledge and wisdom or to discover your favorite writer or writers along with their greatest works.
Feel free to tell me, or anyone else, who inspires you and what makes them so exceptional. Thank you for reading this post and have a sweet Sunday.
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I was reading Mere Christianity when my husband died suddenly, Sven quoted something to him from the book. After The funeral when then settled down I pushed myself to continue reading. It helped me to continue