Currently we are going through a recession here in the United Kingdom and it is effecting everyone in one way or another. The word recession means to withdraw or to recede* the results of recession are always negative and we feel the effects every day, unemployment, hunger and heartache of many kinds.
In the same way the recession of one’s mind i.e. when we stop thinking or withdraw from leaning we also suffer negative consequences. “Leaning” (education) is the key to growth and prosperity of both the individual and society as a whole and therefore it stands in opposition to recession and brings both recovery and new birth.
I have been involve in the delivery of information (IT) in business for over 28 years and have seen the effects on business (and therefore people) of both the good and bad use of Information via Technology. My own experience has show me that, bar none, those who have embraced the use of information have succeeded or grown and those who have withdrawn or receded have disappeared or died.
We are now approaching the Easter holidays and we all have an opportunity over the coming days to take time out and read, think, learn, grow.
Now this is were I want to encourage and challenge you to read the Bible, the worlds best selling book, with an average of over 100m copies sold world wide every year. If as said before information and learning are key to your well being and growth, both now and in the future, then why would you not take the challenge?, what are you afraid of? The Bible says in the book of Matthew, Chapter 7 Verse 7** “Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you!” so why not.... Ask, Seek, Knock,” I did this 22 years ago and it changed my life in so many amazing ways. You could start with one of the "Gospels" they are named, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Gospels are eyewitness accounts regarding Jesus, who he was, what he said and what he did. You can find the account of what happened at Easter in the book of Matthew near the back of the Bible starting around Matthew Chapter 25 through to Chapter 28. Why not push the boat out and read the whole of Matthew over the Easter weekend, it’s only 28 Chapters long.
If you would like to do this but don’t have a Bible you can buy them at most good book shops but remember the Bible was written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. So get a good English translation, something like the NIV (New International Version) Bible or ESV (English Standard Version) Bible. Alternatively we can read the Bible for free on the Internet at www.bible.cc or www.esvbible.org You can also download the Bible on to your PC, PDA, Mobile, iPhone, Blackberry or iPad at www.youversion.com/mobile Turn the recession into your growth or recovery. God Bless and have a great Easter break. I pray you will all grow in some way over the next few weeks.