When I first started to think about this question, it actually kind of brought me down because I think that the answer is that the changes in me as a result of all of my reading are minimal at best. After some time has passed, all I can seem to recall from a book is a general theme or style and whether I liked the book or not. It seems like my investment in my reading has not paid any quantifiable dividends. Yet, ultimately I realized that there was more of a pay-off that I had first thought.
- Reading allows me to educate myself and be able to elucidate what I believe and why, as well as what I don't believe and why.
- Reading encourages me and strengthens me to continue to stay on course. In other words in prevents drift and laziness.
- Reading other real-world stories lets me know that I am not alone with my daily struggles. It helps me to maintain perspective.
- Reading lightens my mind and helps me to relax.
- Reading keeps my mind limber when other activities might be much more mind-numbing.
- Reading gives me ideas for course corrections in my life on a day by day basis. Although I may not always remember the seed for a given life adjustment, they are a part of me.
- Reading allows me to glory in my Lord and causes me to make time to spend with Him.