Smith Wigglesworth was a preacher and teacher. I read an interesting fact on him. He did not learn to read until after he married his wife Polly. She taught him to read the Bible. He often stated, “It was the only book he ever read”. He did not permit newspapers in his home, preferring the Bible to be their only reading material.
I dare say that is a rarity today. When I read this, I wondered how many homes today have Bibles. If they have one, how many families read the book collectively as a family and as an individual? Obviously, I don’t have the statistics on that.
However, that got me to thinking, what if! What if families began reading the bible together? What changes would come about in their homes, their lives, and their work? Of course, the changes would spill over in how we see and interact with our neighbors and treat people in our communities.
Looking around at the things happening in all our communities such as ––the violence, hatred, rage, anger––all of which are affecting our children, grandchildren, families and communities around the country, I couldn’t help but think maybe everyone should try this, reading the Bible. After all, what could it hurt? If this doesn’t help us, our children, our families and our communities well then we’ve lost nothing. A little bit of time, that’s all. However, what if, it did make a difference! What would it be like? For our children? For our families? For our communities?
Don’t get upset, no one is infringing on your freedom of rights, no one says you have to do this. But as intelligent people, we are all looking for ways to combat these things going on in our communities. We’ve tried passing laws, curfews, and a myriad of other things that just haven’t worked. We have placed blame and hurled accusations. So far, nothing has worked. Even our leaders in government and communities are at a loss of what to do to change these things. It’s still going on and seems to be getting worse. So why not try this. What changes can take place if all of us do this?