Were you aware that the average American watches approximately 4 to 7 hours of television every single day?
That means that over the course of his or her lifetime, an average American spends a minimum of 11 years of that life watching TV.
Yet that same average American reads half of a book each year. That’s right, HALF.
1/3 of high school graduates never read another book in their entire lives.
42% of college graduates never read another book their entire lives.
There’s nothing wrong with watching a little TV. I love movies, enjoy several funny shows, and of course…SPORTS!
However, if an average American reader were to spend one hour of television time per day reading instead of watching, then that person would complete at least 52 books in a year.
Try to imagine the changes in your life if you were to take up the challenge to read for one hour a day. That means that in one year you could read:
- 10 great works of theology
- 10 books on Biblical studies
- 10 books that will help you share your faith, pray more effectively, and minister to the hurting and marginalized
- 10 books that will help you be a better husband, father, wife, mother, or friend
And after all that you would still be able to read 12 novels, plays, poetry collections, classics of literature, or whatever “brain candy” you enjoy. (I have a particular fondness for Westerns myself.)
All that in just one hour a day! That’s just two sitcom re-runs or one episode of Law and Order. Don’t you think that would make a huge impact on your life and on the lives of the people around you?
So what do you say? Let’s all put down the remote and pick-up a book!