One of my little ones was tattling on her sibling the other day by informing us that her little sister had eaten a Brussel sprout without asking. My wife, thinking that was strange, investigated and discovered she had meant to say the sibling had taken a “Russel Stover” without asking.
Russel Stover chocolates and Brussel sprouts are both classified as foods, but that is where the similarity ends. In a similar way, there are many kinds of “spiritual foods” we can choose to spend our time consuming.
Some foods are outright poison and should be avoided at all cost. Books that teach heresy or false doctrine can do great damage to our souls. Others are light reading. Like chocolate candy they have their place in moderation, but they can’t be the staples of our diet.
Then there are the Brussel sprouts. Spiritual babies probably won’t have developed a taste for them. But reading deeper books which emphasize sacrificial living and total devotion to God, will best redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.