Okay, so I really meant lessons from da fume hood 😛
The other day I was talking to one of my friends, who is a Chemistry graduate student. She recently did an oral exam as a requirement for her Ph.D. program. Basically, she had to present her results to date to 5 professors , and then answer any question they asked her for a gruelling 3 hours. She said to me:
“You know, you could have published in the best journals, worked in the fume hood 12 hours a day, 7 days a week and got a ton of scholarships…. but if you didn’t read the literature, you would fail that exam.”
What she really meant was that while she was toiling in the fume hood (and getting awesome results!) there was a whole world of people publishing other awesome results that she never would have known about if she didn’t read the literature.
If she didn’t read the literature she couldn’t stimulate new ideas for her own experiments, she would likely waste a lot of time “re-inventing the wheel” and she wouldn’t know the significance of her own results.
So where am I going with this?
Well you can sing in the Church choir, volunteer at the homeless shelter, participate in ministry and a host of other things for God (which is all good), but if you don’t read His Word, all this is in vain.
Without reading God’s literature you wouldn’t renew your mind (Roman’s 12:2), you would waste time trying to do things your way (Proverbs 12:15, Psalm 119:105) and you won’t know where you fit in God’s plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11, 1 Timothy 2:3-4).
And I especially like the following verse because it’s so comparable to what the literature does for research:
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. (Romans 15:4 NIV)
So get out there and read The Literature!
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 (NIV)