In his essay "Of Studies," Sir Francis Bacon writes that "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested" - a sentiment I have always loved. Books are, perhaps, amongst the easiest sources of input that one can weigh and evaluate for their nutritional value to our spiritual life. When one has written words, he can easily return to verify their meanings, analyze their ramifications, and raise them for discussion amongst peers.
But we are surrounded with a daily barrage of input that is not so easily identifiable.
Songs on the radio, off-hand comments from professors, hidden assumptions under a veneer of compatibility with peers - every single interaction should be either tasted and spit out, considered and rejected, or chewed and swallowed, nourishing our souls.
I daily have to slap sweets out of my hand, and reach instead for vegggies.
Are you chewing on the Scriptures? Is it the largest part of your diet today?
five minute friday: Writing for five minutes on a theme. Skip the edits. Skip the considerations. Just write. And post.
Denise P.S. Twenty-Three - 52. 8 June 2012. Flickr Creative Commons