Eat, Drink and be Merry!

by Lester Young

So, what’ve you been eating lately? I’ll let you in on a little secret – even though I probably don’t know you personally, I bet I can tell what your typical daily feedings consist of. “And just how can you do that?,” you ask. Actually, it’s pretty easy. All I have to do is simply listen to you talk for a few minutes.

Here’s what I mean – the stuff you notice (or even more acutely, the stuff you don’t notice) flying out of your mouth has a direct correlation to the stuff you allow to fly into your eyes and ears. Jesus put it this way: “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Note He didn’t say, “Out of the abundance of the heart you speak.” He said your mouth does. On its own. Without input from your brain. Have you ever noticed that when you really get on a roll you don’t even have to think about what you’re saying? It just comes out. We’ve all, at one time or another, found ourselves standing in front of someone thinking, “(S)he’s talking so much crap they can’t even be listening to themselves. It’s just pouring out all by itself…(s)he’s on Cruise Control.” (By the way, if you happen to see the people you’re talking to periodically staring at you with blank looks on their faces, it’s because you’re the ‘(s)he.’)

The point is, just like what you eat becomes a part of you on the cellular level, what you continually feed your eye and ear gates will eventually get down into your core being – that is, your heart, your spirit. And it’s what’s in there in abundance that’s going to come out. Junk in, junk out. Crap in, crap out. Bad news in, bad news out. Good news in, good news out…which brings us to us – jtGn!

When’s the last time you heard a good story on the news, hmm? I mean a story that actually had good roots. Me neither. Whether it’s thirty minutes of local, sixty minutes of national or 24 hours of global “news,” it all ultimately leaves you with a sour taste and an upset stomach. And don’t bring me some cute little ‘feel-good’ sendoff at 29:30 of a 30-minute broadcast that allows the anchors to fade out with smiles on their faces, thinking that’s supposed to remove the castor-oil taste they’ve been pouring down their audience’s throats for ninety-nine percent of the show. Really?

The media will likely tell you that this is what the people want and need, and there’s no appetite for the good stuff. The truth, however, probably lines up more with the unfortunate fact that this is what currently sells. Let’s face it – there’s big money in fear, salaciousness and controversy. (I’m actually not trying to bash the mainstream media with this blogpost – well, not really.)

But, you know what? I think there is an appetite for good news. Real good news. News that’ll leave you full and not with an empty, sinking feeling. There’s plenty of that kind of news out there, everywhere – regardless of what it may look like at first glance. Psalm 33:5 says, “The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.” So, it’s there.  All we have to do is look around a little for it, because it probably won’t make the front page – but it’s present nevertheless.  Then, when you find it, feel free to gorge yourself on as much of it as you want or can stand.  Hey, get so fat on the GOOD that you’ll just end up rolling wherever you go.  But that’ll be okay – rolling is always faster that walking, anyway.  So, eat up!

 

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2 Comments to “Eat, Drink and be Merry!”

  1. Funny analogy, Lester, but full of truth. As Isaiah 55 says: “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness”. Delighting and feasting on the goodness of God’s Word, delighting ourselves in “fatness”, or abundance. Good word, Lester!

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