This isn’t a post against Bible Apps. I love my iPhone. I have one of the giant 6s models and it is rarely more than five feet from me…ever. Don’t judge. I have two Bible Apps that I use almost every day. So this isn’t a post against technology. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. In fact, it is good to have a mobile version of the Bible—to read when you have a few moments and to quickly open to God’s promises for encouraging a friend. I’m advocating for a print version at home and an app (or two) on your mobile device. Here are a few reasons why:
Harry S. Truman, one of our U.S. Presidents back when life was in black and white, said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” That rings true. Reading is a necessary discipline for leaders of families, churches, and other organizations. Good leaders never stop learning. Books create classrooms in the mind, they poke at our complacency, and they render visions of far off places—like where we could end up in the next five years.
If you are a leader, reading is not a luxury; it is a responsibility. Put fresh thoughts and models before your eyes. Submit yourself to challenge and page-by-page inspection; read books that will hone the edge of your faith. Read stories of success and failure; learn from others and minimize your life’s leadership regrets. Let the artful beauty of well-crafted sentences inspire you to renewed conviction, replenished enthusiasm, and refreshed gratitude. Continue reading