Sitting at the local coffee shop and I met a computer programmer who works for GoToMeeting in the screen sharing department and her boyfriend who is a cancer researcher. They were by far the smartest people in the room. In the course of the conversation, I asked if they travel very often and it was stated that she (the computer programmer) travels a lot for work.
She said that at GoToMeeting they have a product that allows them to work remotely and so it is a great place for her to work at. She said that the company requires the employees to "eat the their own dog food."
Having never heard this phrase before she explained that it is a way to ensure that the product is a good product: if you make it you have to use it (much like the people who make dog food must eat it to ensure it is not something they would not give their own animals).
Of course this instantly called to mind Ezekiel:
Superficially it seems like an odd metaphor to talk about eating the scriptures, but it is clearly a powerful metaphor for reflection.
Christians say it is important to love. That is great. Can we eat that dog food?
Christians say it is important to forgive. Wonderful. When have you recently eaten that dog food?
Christians say that there is nothing to fear for God is with us, but then we freak out with the rest of the world when things look bleak.
Maybe we Christians need to eat the dog food.