PRAISE PROMPT ••• You don’t need to be an ornithologist to know that seagulls are scavengers.
They eat insects and fish, and they feast on trash.
Besides the beach, they are often seen in landfills, shopping centers, and they seem to have a special affinity for Walmart parking lots.
Those who study birds are concerned over the amount of trash found in the stomachs of seagulls – plastic, glass, metal, packaging, etc.
And you don’t need to be a doctor or a veterinarian to know it’s not a good idea for any living being to swallow such things.
I hope you’re not eating plastic or trash, but we’re all guilty of consuming garbage.
Mentally and emotionally.
We absorb unhealthy ideas about life and about ourselves.
It’s easy to pollute our minds with ugliness and gorge ourselves on misery.
We swallow lies and chew them up as if they are true.
Christian morals are mocked as archaic while worldly views are praised.
The prophet Isaiah wrote, “But instead, you dance and play; you slaughter cattle and kill sheep. You feast on meat and drink wine. You say, ‘Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!’” (Isaiah 22:13).
The celebrated mentality is “live for the moment” versus “live for eternity.”
And the consequences…
Well, let’s just say I’d rather feast on plastic in a landfill with a bunch of seagulls.
It’s another reason why reading the Word of God is so important.
It helps filter out the garbage and lets us find genuine truth…
We discover the Biblical wisdom that helps feed our souls…
In 1 Corinthians 15:33b, Paul wrote, “…‘bad company corrupts good character.’”
And in Proverbs, we are reminded, “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” (Proverbs 13:20).
We can either consume trash and harm ourselves, or we can seek out what is wholesome and true.
The latter is the best thing for us – mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
God never intended for us to feast on garbage.
He wants good things for us.
Today, let’s praise Him for providing the wholesome goodness we need and crave from His word.
Let’s honor Him by being diligent about what we let in our minds, hearts, and lives.
Let’s do our part to share the Good News with others.