This is a guest post by Kohlie Stock.
Books. They are enchanting, captivating, and obsessive. I am guilty of getting caught in their drama and storyline. Through books I’ve traveled the world, fallen in love, and at times been emotionally wrecked.
Let’s be honest, when you pick up a book, particularly of the fantasy genre, you escape the real world. Even if it is just for a few seconds, you are anywhere but the present. It amazes me to think that literature can have this effect on people. After all, they are merely words on a page.
Books are fun, entertaining, and have changed the world. Who wouldn’t want to travel to Narnia or the Shire? To fight with Katniss and see the Hobbits’ hairy toes? They have a way of drawing us in and holding us tight, embracing us with their perfect plots and witty words.
As much as we adore the fairy tale lifestyle, we do have to come to our senses for one thing: Jesus!
He is not another Voldemort or Percy Jackson. He is real, alive, and working today. John 3:16 really does sum up God’s purpose. It says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” If you read on to verse 17, it says “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Thousands of years ago Jesus came to earth in human form (Luke 1:31) to save us from our sins. We are not perfect! We mess up, do bad things, sometimes throw our lives away, but God came to rescue us from this. Matthew chapter 27 talks about how Jesus was crucified on a cross, and the painful death He endured. When He walked the hill of Golgotha not only did He carry a huge cross which He would later be nailed to, but He also carried the weight and guilt we have for our sins. Isaiah 53:5-6 (NLT) says “But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed…Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.”
The world will tell you that you need to look inward and always try to find yourself. It’s easy to be very introverted when you read books, but sometimes we have to put our copies of Divergent down and start living in the real world. A place that is craving and crying out for fulfillment and an everlasting love. A love that only Jesus can give. The good news is that God is not dead! He arose three days after His death and He is living today (Matthew 28). This is better than any fantasy story, because these monumental events really are true and did indeed happen!
I am as guilty as the next person when it comes to loving my alone time, with nothing but a cup of coffee and a copy of my favorite book, The Outsiders. However, I want to challenge myself – and you too – to start living more in the present and focus on reaching out to others by showing Christ’s love. Yes, it will require giving up some of my free D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read) time, but I think sharing the hope of eternal life with Jesus is much more important!
Eighteen-year-old Kohlie Stock is a brave brunette girl from the Midwest. After coming home from a week at CIY MOVE (Christ In Youth) this past summer, she felt God at work in her life. Knowing her walk with Him had become stagnant, she craved to do something more. Christ placed the idea of starting a Christian newsletter to reach out to her family, friends, and community on her heart. From obeying His command came the creation of The Edge, which is proclaiming the mystery of Christ and encouraging others every day!
When Kohlie is not working on The Edge she is busy studying in school and working as a lifeguard. She enjoys growing closer to family and friends, being outdoors, writing, reading, and listening to good music. Some of her favorite things are her baseball glove, journal, aviator sunglasses, guitar, “K” coffee cup, and Spanish Bible. Kohlie’s dream is to be a Spanish teacher and translator. In fact, she is traveling to Costa Rica this summer on a mission trip! This will be a great experience in sharing her faith and practicing her Spanish. No matter where she is, she always wants to shine the light of her Savior and live her life as a kingdom worker. She often says “…without Him, I would be nothing…”
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