I don’t get to eat out at many fancy restaurants, but when I do, the same thing happens. I enjoy flavors that I forgot existed. I eat less than I do at most other meals. I leave the meal completely satisfied, and swearing that I will never eat at a fast food restaurant again.
There is no comparison between eating the best of food and eating what passes for food at many so-called restaurants.
This week I’m sitting under the ministry of Bruce Waltke and Haddon Robinson as they work through the Psalms. It’s like eating at a five-star restaurant. The richness of the biblical text has nourished us, and I find myself not wanting to feed myself with anything less than what we’re getting here.
Here’s the thing: the quality of study that we’re experiencing this week is everywhere. The problem is, it’s lost in the avalanche of tweets, posts, and flavor-of-the-month books that will never see a second printing.
It’s time to prioritize what’s best. There are good books on the shelf begging to be read. There are works of literature and theology that will be far more nourishing than what you’ll read if you’re not intentional.
Say no to mental and spiritual junk food. You can’t afford to eat at a five-star restaurant every night, but you can’t afford not to read the best books and theological material out there. A lot of it is free if you look for it. Free, but priceless.