Monday, February 4, 2019

The Clean Plate Club

By Andrea Merrell

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, 
rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 
so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped
for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

When I was a child, I had to eat my vegetables, like them or not. Actually, I was required to eat everything so I could be—as my grandfather said—a member of the “clean plate club.”

Since I was never allowed to be a picky eater, I grew up not only liking most foods, but also having an understanding and appreciation for all the vitamins and minerals needed to keep me healthy. I learned to make good choices.

With today’s busy lifestyle, we have fast-food restaurants on every corner. There are buffets of every cuisine where we can pick and choose. We can even go online and have our favorite food delivered straight to our door. We’re free to make our choices and eat only what we like.

Not so with God’s Word. The Bible is not an a la carte menu from which we can pick and choose what suits us and leave the rest alone. It’s an endless smorgasbord of instructions, guidance, warnings, commandments, love, comfort, encouragement, and blessings. Everything works together to bring us the perfect meal, full of all the nutrition we need to keep us spiritually healthy.

When it comes to God’s Word, don’t be picky. Be a member of the clean plate club.

(Photo courtesy of and jk19911.)



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