I love doughnuts and Richmond is a mecca for great doughnuts. Krispy Kreme is two miles from my study. Sugar Shack is four miles from my house. I haven't been to the Duck Donuts here, but
But eating a whole box of doughnuts, yourself
Monday, Memorial Day, I did not feel
When we returned a couple of hours later, I was tired, didn't feel good, and had been up a long time. I laid
The consequences of my actions were clear on Tuesday. My ability to focus on the serious work of sermon prep was greatly diminished. I could not focus. My mind was addled by so much consumption of entertainment the day before. I depend on being able to spend at least two hours per day studying and no matter what I tried, nothing worked. My mind, nor my heart would engage.
Occasionally people tell me, “Gene, I can’t read the Bible, I don’t get anything out of it.” I can’t help but
Tuesday evening, I came across this paragraph in a book on leadership. Regarding a leader’s reading it said:
You should read a book or article only for what it is worth. If you find that the book is not contributing to your life and leadership, set it aside. The world is filled with books and other reading material. And in this respect, time is more valuable than money. Is the book making you think? Do you find that it is sparking new thoughts and reflections as you read? If so, read on. If not, set it down and move on.If a book isn't making me think I should not waste time on it. Watching Netflix almost never makes me think. It is the equivalent of eating donuts. And a good donut every now and then is wonderful. But if I eat a whole box of them at once, it is going to make me feel lousy.
From Conviction to Lead, Al Mohler
Eating a box of doughnuts literally or figuratively has numerous negative effects:
- Remorse. You know you shouldn’t.
- It makes you feel bad
- It’s not good for you in the long run.
- It has a way of encouraging more of that behavior in the future.
- You feel useless for doing anything else for a good while.
For the sake of being able to meet God in his word we must learn to discipline ourselves (and children in our care). We need our brains to think, to be creative, and to listen to God. There's too much of great importance to be done in the world to gorge ourselves on the wrong stuff.