Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) once said, ” A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” I agree with that statement for several reasons. I personally am in favor of continuing our learning and education even at an older age. I am excited when I hear of 70, 80 or 90-year-old people still interested in improving their minds.
When Jesus approached the woman at the well, his disciples had gone to town to buy food. Upon the disciple’s return, they were surprised to discover Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman. Knowing that Jesus was surely hungry, they said, “Rabbi, eat something”. But Jesus replied, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about. Then His disciples said to each other, could someone have brought him food?” To this Jesus explained, “My food; said Jesus, is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” (The story is found in John 4:1-34)
Jesus taught that as important as food is for the body, the food that feeds our mind, soul and spirit is even more important. To read and study God’s word, to find and understand his eternal principles and to learn how we can become more like Christ, is most important. While the Bible remains the best seller, it also is becoming the least read among many professing to be Christians.
I have heard the statement often that, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”.
That is why I will encourage my 18 year old daughter to fill her mind with knowledge and abilities that will allow her to live and work effectively in our complicated society. But it is sad that the mind can also be filled with bad things that can hurt and destroy.
Just as we must be careful of the kind and amount of food with which we feed our bodies, it is even more important to be careful how we feed the mind!
Just something to think about!