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My wife Leah (who is reading this along with you) is in Las Vegas for the week at a conference so it’s just me and the kids. That means we did the grocery shopping and I indulged on a half gallon of ice cream. I felt like I was making the ‘wise choice’ but only spending $2.50 on an off-brand of ice cream.
You know what I discovered in this transaction? The difference between name-brand and off-brand.
What makes one ice cream better than the others? Many ice cream connoisseurs would point to different things that they hold as important. But I believe I have found the #1 difference between off-brand and name-brand.
A $5 pint of Ben and Jerry’s has more chunks in that little container than I have found in all of my $2.50 half gallon of cookie dough ice cream. If you want lots of big peanut butter cups in your chocolate fudge, you will invest the extra money. If you desire chocolate chips on top of chocolate chips in your mint chocolate chip, you’ll budget in the difference and put the name brand container in your shopping cart. Leave the off-brand in the freezer.
If you want chunks, you will pay.
I am finding in my own spiritual growth, the same principle applies.
I need giant chunks of truth in my daily diet. I crave teaching that makes my mind stretch and my heart grow bigger, as I learn more about my Creator and His Son.
For awhile in my life, I would want entertainment or ‘simple’ teachings that were easy to take in. That’s fine in the beginning, but God asks us to go deeper.
Hebrews 5:13-14 says it perfectly. “For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.”
I hope that your church emphasizes the Word of God and has it as the central part of each meeting. I hope you are reading on your own throughout the week, and listening to podcasts or devotionals, that take you deeper in the faith and knowledge of your Savior.
It’s made all the difference for me. Give me the chunks!! I’ve learned my lesson.