A few weeks ago, while at a meeting, 3 of us were discussing education and how important it is to continually seek knowledge.
A friend of mine drew the chart above for us, while we were discussing seeking out the best books, etc. Here is how it works:
Think of a book you love.
Starting with the vertical line, place a dot where you think this book is most accurately defined. Is it something that brings you closer to God? Does it teach truth?
Now do the same for the horizontal line. Is it excellent? Does it increase your knowledge. It is well written? Etc.
Where does your book fit? Is it surprising to you?
One of the books she said she had someone do was Twilight. Rate that one. Where do you think it fits?
I found that this chart can be applied to everything in our lives. Movies, TV, Books, the way we spend our time, etc.
Having a visual way of rating keeps me more accurate. It is a great way to keep myself in check. Without the chart I would rate a book that I was totally entertained by as being a great book. However, with the chart, I can't seem to make myself put the book above the line that would say that it brings me closer to God. It doesn't. It entertains the socks off me, but it doesn't represent a wise use of my time. I totally get reading for entertainment, but I also think that anything that isn't taking you closer to the Lord, is taking you away from Him. There is no neutral ground.
Anyway, I wanted to share this chart with you. There are SO many good things offered to entertain us, and unfortunately it seems that their are 3 times as many not so good things. Hopefully this chart will help keep us on the right track! :)