This is the harsh reality that Tyler Palmquist faced when he moved to Alabama to play lacrosse for Auburn University. Everyone in Alabama knows about the famous In-N-Out burger, but very few have had the opportunity to taste one. So instead, they eat Steak ‘N Shake.
When Tyler came to speak for FCA at Newport Harbor and CdM, he used hamburgers to explain the difference between living with Jesus and living for the the world.
In-N-Out, he argued, is like Jesus. Amazing, incredible, life-changing. Nothing in this world compares. Even people who have never tried it have heard of its wonders.
Steak ‘N Shake represents the world. Average, easy, accessible. Second-best.
Tyler explained that in our spiritual life, we often settle for “Steak ‘N Shake.” Even though we know something better is out there, we still choose the world. We choose what is safe, comfortable, and even sinful. Tyler challenged the students to hold out for “In-N-Out.” He encouraged them to pursue a relationship with Christ instead of clinging to the world.
You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
– Psalm 63:1-5