The Bookshelf

The Bookshelf

Sitting in my office staring at my bookshelf I am thinking of the many blessings of this piece of furniture. The bookshelf makes for a nice display of assorted books. It is a pleasant backdrop for any picture. It is also very useful as a catch all if I don’t know where to put something, it will hold it until I decide. It is a source of great knowledge with books on a variety of subjects.

There are old books and new book’s, there are many different colors of books. There are novels, commentaries, devotionals, biographies, and motivational books. My bookshelf is a collection of books that interest me, even though I have not read them all, it is nice to know they are there when I need them. The bookshelf keeps what interests me off the ground in a safe place. For that, I am thankful for the bookshelf!

We have a bookshelf in our mind, made up of volumes of memories. Some have been forgotten and some are constantly perused. Some bring us to tears, others inspire us but thank God for that built in bookshelf that God gave us to invest in and withdraw from. I don’t need a library card for this bookshelf. I can check out whatever memory is most needed or interests me at any given time. I can relive pleasant experiences when I am feeling overwhelmed, I can checkout inspirational memories when I need a lift. If I am feeling despondent, I can revisit a memory that gives me hope and encouragement. If I need to sympathize with someone hurting, I have some memories that can help me identify with them. The power of the memory, the power of the mind! What a blessing it is to have a built in bookshelf.

The owner of the bookshelf can only check out books he has placed on his shelf, therefore it is important to stock up on good memories when you can. Much of what you put on your bookshelf is your choice, so make some good investments.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things– Philippians 4:8

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds– Hebrews 12:3. Jesus will fill your heart with all you need for this life and the next.

Some books cost a lot but they are worth their value if they are read and put to use. Take time and pay the price for good memories, memorize scripture, poetry, and music that inspires. You won’t regret it and you may be able to share it with someone else.

The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the BOOKS, but especially the parchments– II Timothy 4:13 Paul wanted some good reading material for his final prison stay. He knew where to find them, do you? What’s in your bookshelf?

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