I grew up eating crawdads / crawfish & I really enjoyed them! There was a canal behind my house where my dad & used a big net to scoop up heaps of crawfish, cart them home & cook them up. Boy were they tasty!
But here’s the rub: crawdads are bottom feeders, so they eat the garbage at the bottom of lakes & canals, making them inherently unhealthy.
Sometimes what is tasty to our flesh is unhealthy to our spirit & we have to make wise choices about what we allow to come into our hearts & minds. Let’s be determined to set our minds above & not allow our minds to become bottom feeding trash consumers 🙂
In our home, one of my kid’s weekly responsibilities is to do the laundry for all of us. I often think that this child is shrinking my clothes from setting the dryer too high. But alas, we both know that this misconception is rooted in my desire to eat freely without consequences.
I think all of us have the ability to believe what we want & dismiss what we don’t like. This is another essential reason we desperately need the Holy Spirit in our lives. Jesus tells us in John 16 that the Holy Spirit will lead us into truth & in our modern living, we need an abundance of truth, full stop. Let’s make the ongoing decision to follow the Holy Spirit in truth even at the expense of eating less & exercising more 🙂
My son told me that he ate half of a rolly polly yesterday – I think this was during recess, but I didn’t ask for too many details. For most of us Americans, this sounds pretty gross, but it’s my own fault because I introduced him to eating beetles and grasshoppers when we were in Cambodia last year. Clearly, he’s overcome the standard Amercian resistance to eating insects & now he has a wider range of protein options ,)
So perhaps we can learn from my son’s expanding dietary pallette and pray that God would instill in us a taste & hunger for spiritual things more than natural things. Just something to consider on this lovely Fall day 🙂
While today is Thanksgiving in America & many of us will be consuming high volumes of calories in all kinds of different ways & at all times, I’m remembering that the fundamental purpose of eating is to provide energy. Ultimately, I eat so I can work, function & be productive.
Let’s remember in our high calorie consumption today that we must never neglect to feed our hearts. Indeed, an emaciated heart is unable to live out the purpose for which it was created. Heart food can include prayer, the Bible, spiritual fellowship, some solitude & pause. May your Thanksgiving be truly full of joy in all ways 🙂
I’m so excited about getting to share about fasting in our church!!! Tonight, we talked about Jesus’ discussion about fasting in the Sermon on the Mount. Truth be known, I’ve been really eager to share about fasting because I think its one of the best kept secrets of Christianity. I invite you to read the comments above to get some useful insights, refreshing honesty & reflective thoughts – leave your own comment too!
If you’re in Denver, please consider adding to your fasting plan some really good prayer opportunities:
every Monday 7pm w Dad in the Elevate rm
every Sun 6am w Cleo in the Altar Counselling Room
2nd Fri of each month 6-11p w JoAnn in the Altar Counselling Room
1st Fri of each month 7pm w Kathy at her house (call church office for directions)
last Sat of each month 830a in lobby / foyer
pre-service prayer: Sun 830a & Wed 615p in Altar Counselling Room
Mon, Wed 630-730a in Auditorium
Keep in mind – get some fast in your life to go far!