A Core Book

I just put down a book I love to read from daily. It inspires me and lifts my sights, and helps me find hope even when challenges are looming. It assures me that I am not alone, and that what I see around me is not all there is. It reminds me that there are unseen forces and powers with my best interest at heart, and they are at work in my behalf today.

Years ago I heard the president of a small liberal arts college, Dr. Oliver DeMille, speak about the importance of having a “Core Book” to turn to, one that strengthens one’s ability to choose well how to live, and that holds guiding principles that can apply to every situation in life.

My Core Book teaches of the life of Christ, and each time I read it, I am motivated to more fully follow His example. I can always find in His life something to lift mine, and counsel that gives me courage to make needed changes. A favorite scripture from today: “Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.” The more I try to be like Christ, the happier I am. And so I continue trying.

Do you have a Core Book? Do you turn to it daily for strength, and for peace?

It can make the difference between a dreary day and one full of light – especially in challenging times.

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