Thursday, June 12, 2008

Not by bread alone

Yesterday I took all four boys to the dentist. Yes, that's right. All.Four.Boys. Which means, of course, we were in the dentist office for over two hours.

After a quick lunch at home, I then took my three not-quite-as contrary children (those who actually get haircuts) to the barber shop, there enduring a wait of about forty five minutes.

Bottom line: I spent nearly three hours yesterday reading every current and back issue of more celebrity and fashion magazines than I can remember. Ask me anything about Brad and Angelina, Jenna Bush's wedding, or the best pair of white jeans and spray-on suntan.

I am now a wealth of information on the lifestyles of the famous and fashionable.

At the end of the day, my brain, it was mush.

I had a taken a book with me, The Presence of a Hidden God, but somehow I couldn't concentrate on the revelation of God in the Person of Jesus Christ sitting in a vinyl chair with Fox news blaring, the lone female daring to cross the threshold of man-doom, aka the barbershop.

But this morning, as I read my devotional and God's Word spoke to me in my here and now, in my real and present life, with a word that was strong and true...I marveled again at the power of the Word of God. It is living; it is active; it speaks. It gives light to my path and reveals the glory of God in the Lord Jesus Christ.

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with the occasional dip into People or InStyle. I am saying this: the contrast couldn't be more stark. Like mud pies and Christmas dinner. One entertains; the other sustains.

"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God."
Matt. 4:4



11 comments:

  1. LOL! I couldn't belive you posted that you took all four boys to the dentist with you. We have done that for years. They schedule three hygienists though and plan on all five of us coming. I get my teeth cleaned at the same time as well. It usualy take us just over an hour. It is a hoot...and I often poor over "People" magazine myself!

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  2. I know what you mean. I love to read through Real Simple & Southern Living, but they're nothing compared to some time in the Word of God!

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  3. Love this:
    "Like mud pies and Christmas dinner. One entertains; the other sustains."
    So true!

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  4. I have a contrary boy in the haircut department. We now buzz him in our backyard, and worry everytime that child protective services will be arriving. He screams and screams.

    LOL. life with boys.

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  5. You said it. It's the difference between eating candy for dinner or a meal of steak, potatoes, veggies and made-from-scratch chocolate cake for dessert.

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  6. I call magazines "junk food" for the mind.

    Besides, most magazines don't leave me feeling that great about myself. Everybody in them is too beautiful, too thin, too organized (can you believe I'M saying that?) . . . they show perfect houses, perfect recipes, perfect everything. It's not real.

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  7. I have the same problem when I spend a day shopping. I get so overwhelmed with the commercialism and the pressure to spend more on what I don't need. I come home exhausted and in need of prayer.

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  8. Good Golly Miss Molly! What a day. I take the older kids to the dentist at once and the younger two but never all together. I thought you last line said it all!

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  9. I know what you mean. I love to read through Real Simple & Southern Living, but they're nothing compared to some time in the Word of God!

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  10. LOL! I couldn't belive you posted that you took all four boys to the dentist with you. We have done that for years. They schedule three hygienists though and plan on all five of us coming. I get my teeth cleaned at the same time as well. It usualy take us just over an hour. It is a hoot...and I often poor over "People" magazine myself!

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