“Reading is a way to love God with our minds. In Matt. 22 the Savior is asked which is the greatest commandment in the law. He responds, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ i would submit we have given too little thought to how we might love God with all of our minds. Reading is a means of loving God with your mind. Reading is an expression of loving God with your mind. Communicate that to God. I will often say out loud to God, ‘Lord, I love you with all my mind. This act of reading is an expression of my loving you with my mind.’ This perspective of reading will transform your understanding and experience of reading.” (source)
I found this very challenging when I read it last night. I was forced to confront and reevaluate my mental intake. While I’m not against the need to just relax my mind, I also realize that it’s too easy to find my mental diet consisting almost exclusively of “brain candy”. Keeping my mind sharp, observant, and discerning is one of my great responsibilites before the Lord, for through that He is able to speak with clarity and revelation. To keep my mind exercised–which includes everything from pouring over cookbooks to reviewing classic literature to faithful reading of the Word–is one of my renewed goals.