The Best Book I Ever Read
I love to read
When asked, “What is the best book you have ever read?” I couldn’t pick just one book in particular, as I love to read. But, as I thought about it, I realized there is one book that has touched and molded my life above any other.
It may not qualify as a book, in and of itself, although, it is referred to as a book. It could be classified as merely a chapter in a larger body of work. Though each book, or chapter, is not necessarily penned by the same person within the summation of the text.
The book I refer to is the book of Proverbs within the Christian text known as The Holy Bible. Thought to be written by the wise King Solomon, it is a book I have read over many times in my life, and have found fresh wisdom for whatever life happens to be throwing at me.
As a young person, I learned to obey my parents, to avoid bad company, and to be kind to others. When I got older, I learned the benefits of seeking wisdom and obtaining knowledge; to listen to wise counselors and avoid those with wicked hearts and tongues.
I learned not to take from those who have so little, and to give to those in need; to avoid the snares of borrowing money, and not make money the most important thing in life. I learned that hard work brings the most prized rewards in life.
When I fell in love, I learned to keep a godly heart, to remain faithful, and the qualities of a good wife. I learned how to be a good neighbor, not gossiping about others, but keeping my words sweet and praiseworthy.
The book of Proverbs holds thirty-one chapters, each filled with many verses. Each chapter deals with the issues of life, giving the keys to living a long and happy life. Of all the verses in this book my favorite is found in Chapter 3: 5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths.”