Daily D – Proverbs 24:3-4
Proverbs 24:3, 4 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
An article yesterday provided details about ten things that lose value as soon as you purchase them. Among the items listed were books. The writer had the temerity to say books lose value quickly, immediately in his opinion.
Let me ask you: How would I know the word temerity if I had not read it in a book and wondered what it means? This is a value add. By the way, it means excessive confidence or boldness.
Let me state with equal temerity, good books appreciate with time. A literature professor at Baylor University reads The Lord of the Rings every year. Here’s guessing he does not value Tolkien’s masterpiece less and less, but more and more.
Virtually every room in our home is stuffed with books. When we moved to this home fifteen years ago, we placed bookcases in every space available. My bride said, “Thou shalt not bring any more books into this house!” She is a funny, funny lady.
This was about the time a gift of all gifts was created called the Kindle. We each have one which is similarly stuffed like our house. There is also the Kindle app on our iPads. This makes it easier to take notes and preserve them for future use.
Apple and Barnes and Noble also have reading apps. While space for physical books in our home is now tightly limited, our reading devices and apps runneth over.
The value of a book is what we do with it. Some people use them for decorations. Some people collect rare editions. Our son purchased a first edition of Tolkien’s Silmarillion as a gift for me. It is a treasure. On one special occasion several years ago, we gave one another the same book.
The best use of a book is, of course, reading it. Reading furnishes our minds with souvenirs and memorabilia and treasures creating all kinds of conversation starters. Reading enriches our knowledge and understanding. It amplifies our expression. It maximizes our capacities. It deepens our emotional responses.
Fill your home with rare and beautiful treasures. Fill your home with books. Homes filled with books are homes filled with wisdom.
A well-known author is researching details related to The Wizard of Oz, both the book and the movie. We were discussing this recently and sharing trivia about the movie. I told him how my mother read to me when I was four or five years old from a delightfully thick and heavy edition of this classic.
What precious memories do you have related to books? How full is your house, your Kindle, your app? How full of rare and beautiful treasures are the rooms of your mind?
I will fill my house and my mind with rare and beautiful treasures from the magnificent journeys made possible by good books.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.