Profitable Consumption

by Lee Buford on June 22, 2011

You are what you eat. Or so they say. We’ve all heard that one, and others like it, and such sayings are intended to remind us that what we consume will ultimately shape who and what we become.

Whether it’s a meal, a movie, a book, or any other “consumable” entity, what we’re taking in is shaping our thoughts, our understandings, and ultimately our beliefs and actions…whether we realize it or not.

As a kid my mother refused to let me and my brother watch a lot of television, often commanding us to “turn off the idiot box!” She, correctly I would agree looking back, was convinced that we would profit little from some of the things we wanted to watch. And I now find myself telling the same things to my children.

We can, however, benefit greatly from using our time to consume things that WILL ultimately profit us (and others).

First and foremost, the Bible is our most profitable resource, as we are reminded that all scripture is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). In addition, there are many great books and blogs you can read, websites you can visit, and people you can learn from. They key is that you have to make the decision to invest wisely in your own growth and development. Personal consumption is ultimately a personal choice.

What you consume can make all the difference. Consume what’s profitable.

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