Loreena Thiessen: Oh, the Places You Will Go!

by Loreena Thiessen

What do you like to read? Why do you read?

There are many different kinds of reading. Your reasons for choosing what to read will be different.

One big reason for you to read is to get information. You may be working on a science project, how a volcano is formed or what is a comet. You may need instructions on how to build a kite or a rocket. Or you want biographical information on a favourite singer or a historical figure. Reading up on a topic gives you facts and details. You understand things better. It makes you more knowledgeable.

Or, you may choose to read something purely for enjoyment. A story or a novel is set in a specific place and at a certain time. The place may be another country, somewhere you haven’t been. The time could be somewhere in the past, or in the imaginary future. As you read you can travel there in your mind. The words on the page help you imagine it. The character in the story may be one you can relate to; you imagine you are her, and live her experiences along with her. Your imagination is at work. Reading can develop your imagination.

Reading can inspire you; it can give you an idea or a push to try something similar. For example, reading Anne Frank’s diary of her everyday life while cooped up in the attic and facing constant and real danger can inspire you to write about your life and thoughts. It can inspire you to be brave or help someone else in need. Your experiences will not be the same, but reading about her may help you think of what you can do. You can learn from others by reading about them.

God gave the Bible for us to learn from; its words give us hope. Read Romans 15:4. Reading God’s words will help us walk in the right path. See Psalm 119:10-11.

But for a long time the common people could not read the Bible; it was not written in their language. Only the priests were allowed to read it. For everyone else reading the Bible was a crime. At the same time there were educated men who believed that all people should be able to read it so they could know the truth for themselves.

Loreena Thiessen

Two of these men were Mr. Wycliffe and Mr. Tyndale from England. In spite of the danger to their own lives they translated the Bible into English, the language of the people, for the first time. That was five hundred years ago. Now the people were able to read Jesus’ words in John 8:31-32 for themselves:“If you abide in my word, you are my disciples…you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” This promise and all the promises in the Bible are as true today as they were so long ago.

Activity: Keep a reading diary.

Need: Notebook or lined loose leaf pages; your choice of books to read.


Divide your page into three horizontal parts:


Reason for reading:

What I learned or enjoyed

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