I grew up in a house where reading was not only fundamental, it was a priority. In fact, my parents made the choice NOT to have a TV until my brother and I learned to love reading. Their philosophy worked and both my brother and I enjoy reading to this day — even though we both now have TVs.
My favorite kind of book is biography or a text written about a true event (such as the Johnstown Flood or the Holocaust). I’ve also read lots of fiction and pretty much all the classics that are on those “authors-everyone-should-read” lists. My biggest challenge now is finding books that I haven’t read that are worth the few hours it takes to read them. (I don’t want to waste my time with fluff.)
In high school I was part of a club where it was determined I could read 500 words a minute with 95% comprehension. Not sure I could still do that … haven’t been tested lately, but it was a cool honor as a high school freshman.
So why am I telling you this?
Because it brings me to a favorite verse. Not favorite like Philippians 4:4 or Proverbs 3:5-6, but favorite in that it always fascinated me and this fascination started when I was just a little kid.
Which made me think that it might also fascinate your kids … both personal and ministry.
Like I said, I love books and right now there are probably 1,000 – 2,000 books in the house. Don’t believe me? I can prove it.
Which brings me back to the verse.
Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. (John 21:25)
Just think about what that verse is saying. After reading about Christ’s miracles, His words of wisdom, His interactions with people … Well, the Gospels didn’t begin to cover what He actually did. In fact, not even the world itself could contain the books if everything He did was written down! (Even though many Bible scholars see that statement as an example of hyperbole, that’s STILL a lot of books.) Finding it hard to imagine Christ doing so much in three years of ministry? Think of all the verses that talk about the multitudes following Him.
Talk with your kids. Ask them how big a John 21:25 library would have to be! Take them to the library (or if you’re teaching at church, go to the church library) and imagine how many stories would be able to be told in just those books.
I imagined as a kid, the stacks and stacks of books needed to cover the whole world and wondering if we could even count them all.
I imagined what other things Jesus would’ve done.
I imagined lots of book shelves.
Tall piles of books.
The verse is as intriguing to me now as it ever was.
Maybe your kids would also be intrigued.