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A Taste For Godliness

 

     I often recall a conversation I had with several people about the consequences of overindulging during the holiday gatherings. Most of us were guilty of putting on a few pounds and were spending the next months trying to rectify the situation. During the discussion, two comments were made that God has frequently brought back into my thoughts. The first comment was offered as we spoke of the healthy foods (chicken, fish, yogurt, fruit, vegetables, etc.) that would best fuel our bodies to achieve our weight goals. And yes, there was a little bit of whining. “But I don’t like those foods, and this plan doesn’t allow me to eat very much of the foods I like!” My first thought in response was that if we could continue to eat our preferred food (high-calorie, high-fat, high-carbohydrate, etc.), we wouldn’t need to lose weight! Do you feel where the speaker is coming from? They want to be changed into their ideal body, but they don’t want to change what they are doing to get there. The second comment came from one who from her physical appearance had obviously been successful in reaching her goal weight. She was holding an energy bar and I asked her how it tasted. She replied, “I really like it now, but it is an acquired taste.” Those two comments started me to thinking about why we so often do not find success growing our relationship with God. We are frequently drawn to activities that offer no “nutritional” value to our Christian life. They may be harmless enough, especially in small amounts, but in excess they consume most of our time and resources. Then we are left with little room for the practices we know are needed for strong men and women of God. Bible study, prayer, worship, meditating on God, giving, acts of mercy, fasting, etc. are all healthy disciplines that help us to grow in our discipleship. When we fill our lives with “empty-calories”, then we do not have room for the “good stuff”. We want to be changed, without changing! To achieve the goal of becoming the person God intends may mean we need to acquire a taste for godly things, just like I must acquire a taste for different food to achieve my physical goal. Do you want to become healthy and whole in your soul? Lent began on February 26. It is a great season to begin to make those changes. See you on Sunday! “Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fed until they are full.” - Matthew 5:6 (CEB)

                                                     In Christ, Our Redeemer!

-Pastor Colleen

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