Christian reflections

First Things First * 10 Minute Devotional

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Graphic by Brett McCracken Used with permission.

An old Wheaton acquaintance of mine, Brett McCracken, created this great graphic. I came across it on Facebook last week and it stopped me in my tracks.

You guys, yes. 

It seems so obvious – build everything on Scripture, learn from our local church and the great church tradition, spend time in nature, read books (actual, paper books!), and then spend a liiiiittle time on the Internet and even less on social media.

(Yes, I first saw the graphic on Facebook. Irony abounds.)

It seems obvious, but often my pyramid is inverted. Like the food pyramid, if we subsist mostly or mainly on what’s at the top, we will struggle. But if we build on the foundation, we will find ourselves growing in wisdom day by day.

It’s hard, though. There are thousands of engineers on the other side of our screens. People make money when we click and like and share.

Yet wisdom isn’t instantaneous. It takes time to cultivate, work to grow, attention to flourish.

It’s like the Psalmist writes: “My soul clings to the dust. Revive me according to your word” (Psalm 119:25 NRSV).

Are you drawing wisdom from the source? Or are you letting the fads of social media, the whims of the Internet, and the constant stream of information bowl you over? Are you clinging to the dust?

Let God revive you according to the word.


What tools have you found for making a study of Scripture your foundation?

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