One of the things about Kindle I find fascinating is that when reading, I can choose to see things that other people have highlighted in the same book. It gives me a strange sense of satisfaction when I highlight the same thing others have! (And sometimes it gives me pause as I wonder why a particular passage is marked.)
Last November The Atlantic published an article about the highlights on Kindle. It analyzed the most popular quotes that readers have highlighted and raised the question about what our highlights say about us. [i]
Consider these popular highlights:
From A Wrinkle in Time:
But of course we can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.
From Little Women:
There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.
From one of the Harry Potter books, The Sorcerer’s Stone:
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that. Now, why don’t you put that admirable Cloak back on and get off to bed?
Wonderful quotes aren’t they? They are thoughtful, poetic, inspirational…there are many reasons we highlight something we’re reading.
One of the books The Atlantic looked at was the Bible. What do you think is the most highlighted verse in the Bible? (A hint…it’s not from the book of Numbers.)
They found it to be Philippians 4:6,7 from the New International Version (NIV) translation:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The fact that these two verses are the most highlighted ones says to me that a good many people look to the Bible for peace in the midst of an anxious world.
Tomorrow our new class of Confirmation students will receive study Bibles. We’d like them to benefit from the verses that you’ve found helpful in the Bible. The Bibles are on a table in front of the worship space. Take a highlighter and share what has inspired or nurtured you from these ancient words!