Energiser!

“What are the forms of energy?” – The lecturer asked the class as an introduction to his course. The students responded with appropriate answers. However, a shout came from the back of the class, “A Mars bar”. Yes, there was indeed an energy outburst in the form of laughter produced by the Engineering freshmen present in that course! (Thank goodness our lecturer also had a sense of humour!). The slogan for a Mars bar (a couple of decades ago) was – “a Mars a day, helps you work, rest and play!” Kit-Kat commercials sported the line, “Have a break, have a Kit-Kat”. Talk about marketing strategies!

During an emotional low, after a tiring time or even when sickness curbs appetite, a bar of chocolate certainly provides a well needed “pick me up”. It gives an energy boost just as the Engineering student mentioned! Are chocolates, aka edible energisers, even comparable with Energiser batteries?! Chocolates also help to put the finishing touch to a scrumptious meal… especially “After Eight”! Sweet white chocolate (is there any REAL chocolate in that?), milk chocolate and bitter sweet dark chocolate are the varieties! Actually I just did some research to answer my question! “Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk. On the other hand, white chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar and milk but no cocoa solids”. As the concentration of chocolate varies, so does the flavour. The darker, the purer!

Like milk chocolate has the least cocoa concentration, the elementary truth of God’s Word is like milk for infants.

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:12-13).

Like with dark chocolate, the more the concentration of God’s Word, the more bitter sweet it is!

“For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)

Unlike chocolates though, you can never have too much of intake of the Word of God. It doesn’t have any side effects or negative consequences! It’s the best “pick me up” as it steers you back on to the right path and thus right focus. It’s not a temporary remedy either! The more we intake, the more we are refined as humans and thus a long term solution! “Those who look to Him are radiant” (Psalm 34:5) as His power flows through.

Self:   What do you depend on the most for your energy booster? Where or to whom do you turn when you are emotionally low, when you are tired or when you are unwell?

Others:   Sharing with others what works for us is not unethical. Forcing it down someone’s throat is what makes it unethical. For that one student, a Mars bar was an energy booster and he was bold enough to bring it up as a sense of humour in an Engineering class! Is God’s Word an energy booster to us? What are our “marketing strategies”??? How are we promoting God’s Word – the greatest energiser of all time? Or, should the question be, ARE we promoting God’s Word?

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