Jim Rohn was so right when he said, “Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is poverty. Ignorance is devastation. Ignorance is tragedy. Ignorance is illness. It all stems from ignorance.” And so was, whoever, that said, ” In the age of Information, Ignorance is a choice.” I choose not to be ignorant. Statistics show that people who read more, are most likely to be more successful than those who don’t. So, I’ve decided to make time to read. I will introduce a book and every week I will do a chapter review and possibly even reach out to the author. I would love for you to participate by reading the book and chapter as well and we can discuss our thoughts in the comments section. This will encourage us to set our intention on reading.
“93 million adults in the U.S. read at or below the basic level needed to contribute successfully to society.” -National Center of Education Statistics
When I began this blog, this was definitely something I wanted to do to challenge myself. I work two jobs so it’s easy not to read for leisure but recently I heard someone say, “When you die you are the sum total of the books you read and how you treated others.” I think I treat others well but I haven’t been as diligent as I would like in the reading department.
Growing up, I wouldn’t have considered myself a reader, I was a “skimmer.” I was so involved with my friends and having fun that I didn’t make time for reading. So when it came down to me completing my homework assignments or taking tests, I had difficulty comprehending what I had just read. I would have to read it several times, try to find something in the passage I could relate to and/or find context clues to figure out what the author was conveying. I thought I was getting over on “the system” but I was really getting over on my own development. It’s not that I was ever behind in school or even on the job but how could I be when according to the National Center of Education Statistics, “93 million adults in the U.S. read at or below the basic level needed to contribute successfully to society.” If the majority of Americans are operating at these staggering levels then students who were ignorant could easily b.s. their way through school and life and it seems like most have.
The biggest complaint I have about my job is not the distance I have to travel nor the lack of sleep I get due to it but the fact that adults will not read or follow instructions but will be quick to curse you out like you didn’t do your job. Very often, I have issues when the first hundred times I have asked for one specific thing, they send another. I would be frustrated too if I were them and sent the same thing a over and over again and it turned out that something else was needed, but they choose to be ignorant because they failed to read. In my experience, folks are quick to place a phone call after the mistake is pointed out and they look foolish, instead of simply apologizing for being hasty and uninformed. I must admit that I don’t have a problem helping individuals at all but I attempt to empower people by giving them the tools to do it themselves but I find that many times people don’t want to take responsibility; neither, do they want to do anything that someone else can do for them so they forget to read and tend to react first.
“You can lead a donkey to water, but you can’t make him drink. I know it should be a horse but most people act like “backsides” under these circumstances; so donkey it is.” -Brittany Boone
This will not be named among us. We are different, we are peculiar and we will fight the injustices that we’ve allowed due to ignorance.
The first book I’ve decided to read is about rejection. You might wonder why I chose this book to begin with and my answer is easy. I’ve laid part of my story out for you in several other posts; but just in case you didn’t catch it, I’m being laid off for a 3rd time by the same company and the contracting company that took over. For years, I’ve helped people, I’ve improved processes, increased revenues, added value…with a smile, might I add and I honestly feel used and abused. And although, it wasn’t my dream job, I was there for 10 years and in a weird way I do feel rejected. I had become very comfortable with being uncomfortable; I knew something was missing but I was getting by. In retrospect, that’s crazy! I’m a King’s kid and I was “okay… with getting by” and I really wasn’t getting by, if I can be transparent. I was limping by; all while providing that service with a smile. My needs weren’t being met so much so that I had to get another job and while it loosened the noose a bit, my energy was zapped. What happened to the abundance that the King’s kid was supposed to be born into? I mean even the prodigal son, had an inheritance. Even when he squandered it, he still was restored. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame where I am on my job(s). I thank God for them and where those positions brought me; they were my pigpen experience and with this blog, I’m coming to myself and starting to remember that I too am a King’s kid. (Hence, the crown in We, The Peculiars logo)
The book that I will be reading is called Uninvited (Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely) by Lysa TerKeurst. As I stated before, every week I will be doing a blog post on a chapter. If you would like to join me, you are more than welcome. I got my book from Lifeway for about 10 bucks. (I think it was on sale) It is also available in other outlets like Wal-Mart, Amazon and even Audible. You can also purchase the book from her website. (see below for details)
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences of rejection – from the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over to the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father. She leans in to honestly examine the roots of rejection, as well as rejection’s ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God.
With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa will help you:
- Stop feeling left out by believing that even when you are overlooked by others you are handpicked by God.
- Change your tendency to either fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process your hurt.
- Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady your soul and restore your confidence in the midst of rejection.
- Overcome the two core fears that feed your insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging.
Information about Lysa
Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of 19 books including The Best Yes. She is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina. She still has a crush on her husband Art who she’s been married to for 24 years. They deeply treasure every minute they can get with their 4 married kids and one teenager who keeps the whole family very entertained! Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.
Again, I’m so excited about this idea that I’ve already Tweeted Lysa. So, I look forward to her getting back to me and us starting this book. Be on the look out for the series entitled, Uninvited to see the latest posts on the chapter as we begin.