August Update I came across a book today in my library I realised I hadn’t read yet. It has an awesome title “Restoring all things, God’s audacious plan to change the world through everyday people”. I remembered buying it because I loved the title, but I haven’t yet begun to read it. It’s now on the desk in my office on my official pile of things to do. But it also reminded me of all the other books I have bought but haven’t read yet. I discovered this week there is actually a word for this. It’s a Japanese word “tsundoko” it literally means, “to pile up reading materials without reading them”. A quick Google search will lead you to online book hoarders groups for people who have thousands of books, many unread. The threshold for joining most of these groups is ownership of 1000 books, a requirement I reached a few years ago.
Learning all this about myself, also caused me to think about whether or not I take a tsundoko approach to reading my Bibles. I say Bibles because at last count our household contains more than 20. I read my Bible often, particularly when preparing for a sermon. But I used to read the Bible for fun. I wonder how many of us take a tsundoko approach to reading the scriptures. We have quite a few copies, but they remain on the shelf. I want to encourage you to read the Bible for fun this month. Married couples, get out the Song of Solomon and have a good read of it together, there are also plenty of real life war stories in the Old Testament I used to love reading as a kid, and if you like romance then the book of Ruth has that covered. For those who love a story of rare imagination and fantasy, try a real life vision from Revelation. The Bible is so full of different genres, poetry, song, history, stories, parables, gospel, there is something for everyone. You don’t always just have to read it for a serious purpose.
God Bless, Jason Potter
To share Jesus everywhere He sends us, as we live in relationship with Him.