While studying for my message on Psalm 23, I learned the difference between “stagnant” waters and “still” waters.
I always assumed that “still waters” meant that the water was not moving at all – more like standing water – that is not the case. Still waters have a slight movement to them. Sheep are skittish folk. They are easily distracted. If the waters are too slow, they won't drink from them which means they won't be taking in much needed refreshment.
The water for sheep must be just right. If it's a roaring river they run the risk of being swept away; therefore, ending in unhappy sheep memories.
Much like the sheep, we need a certain amount of growth to help us not be complacent. Sometimes our schedules do not permit us to take classes or dive into to those deep subjects we may desire; however reading can be a great way for us not to become complacent.
John Maxwell said, “Leaders are readers”. I have continued to take this to heart. I read about 40-50 books per year either through listening or physically picking up a book and reading it. I have always had a thirst for learning. I have a couple of degrees and I certainly didn't enjoy learning until I was well into my undergraduate studies. I have learned to appreciate the value of a good book.
Here are some ideas for “still waters” and not “stagnant waters”:
- Grab a magazine & browse until an article peaks your interest.
- Download a book to your iPod or computer. Sometimes simply hearing the words will engage you.
- Read a book with a friend // accountability is a good thing!
- Download samples of books with Barnes and Noble or Amazon w/your iPad, Kindle or Nook — it is great test drive of a book to see if you like it (I have lots of samples on my iPad).
I have done all of these at one time or another in my life. I am passionate about helping people not stay “stagnant”, but rather become “still” waters. Some of you may want to become a rushing river, and that is great, but remember that sometimes its about learning through the journey and just what you know, but what you do with that knowledge. Enjoy your path to still waters!
Do you enjoy reading? If so, what's your favorite?
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