it struck me this morning while reading a book on leadership...............while i believe reading is a good discipline to have, i began to wonder about the false sense of accomplishment reading can bring.
just because i've read dozens of books on leadership does not make me a good leader. it doesn't make me a leader period. the only way to truly increase my leadership abilities is by trying to lead, not just reading about it.
the same is true with any other subject. reading only does so much for you. at some point you've got to get out there and start doing........
the same is true about Jesus. we can read all the books in the world about Jesus, but unless we are reading the Bible and actually (gasp) spending time with Jesus, the best we will end up with is a knowledge of Jesus, not a relationship with him.
i can read up on what my wife's friends think about her, their interactions with her, their descriptions of her, even read her own thoughts, but unless i spend time with her, i won't truly know HER.
sorry for the soapbox, but this kind of just hit me square in the face today. if i want to be a good leader, i just need to actively lead in the areas i can. i'll make good decisions and bad ones along the way, and hopefully will learn from them both. if i want to be a good husband, i can't just read books about it. i've got to spend time with my wife. i'll make good decisions and bad ones, and hopefully will learn from them both how to be a better, more loving husband to my wife. if i want to be closer to Jesus, i need to spend time with him. i'll make some good choices and bad ones, and hopefully i'll learn along the way not only how to better follow him, but that i love him more and more every day.
at some point, we gotta put the book down, and start doing something. you can't steer a parked car........