When I was a kid, the most important meal of the day was supper. Mom was an excellent cook, and she worked hard to prepare the evening meal for our large family. Mom and Pop worked even harder at trying to steer their eight children in the right direction.
Each evening the family gathered around the dinner table to eat and to discuss the days events. One evening, Mom and Pop spoke about an incident at school in which I had hurt the feelings of a classmate. As we discussed the situation, my youngest brother said: I have feelings too, see! Then, he opened his mouth and pointed to the fillings in his teeth.
The truth is, fillings and feelings go hand in hand. How you feel about life is determined in a large part by how you fill your life. If you don’t fill your mind with what is right, what is left?
Your life is like your car, if you fill the tank with the cheapest fuel available, your engine may not perform at an optimal level; likewise, if you fill your mind with two-bit thinking, you’ll never live a grand life.
To fill your tank with some high octane thoughts, heed the advice of the Apostle Paul and think on whatever is just, pure, lovely, commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Philippians 4:8).
When I was a kid, Mom made birthdays special by allowing her children to pick the menu for supper. A few days in advance, she would ask: “What do you want me to cook for your birthday?”
I knew if I asked for Mom’s special chocolate cake, I would receive it for dessert. Asking with the hope of receiving is part of life’s journey, and it’s one of the themes of the Bible:
- Just ask and it will be given to you; seek after it and you will find. Continue to knock and the door will be opened for you (Matthew 7:7)
- If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you (John 15:7).
- If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him (James 1:5).
- Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).
A wonderful promise found in Psalm 55:16 encourages you to call out to God: As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. This verse is evidence of God’s desire to have a relationship with you. When you call to Him:
- You can enjoy the blessings of an abundant life (John 10:10).
- God will help you face your fear and give you the strength you need for your journey (2 Timothy 1:7).
- You can be assured that God will be a place of refuge for you (Psalm 46:1).
Why limit yourself to just one special day out of the year, when everyday can be a special day with God?
If you’re like many Americans, you may believe that bigger is better. Super-sized meals may be the proof that this is faulty reasoning and that moderation might be a better approach to life.
In 1950 or shortly thereafter, McDonalds was selling 7 oz sodas, burgers that weighed in at 3.9 oz, and French fries in a portion of 2.4 oz. Following the bigger is better mantra, the servings at McDonalds have increased to 42 oz sodas, 12 oz burgers, and 6.7 oz fries.
The result of all this fast food grazing, is a raising in the average weight of Americans. Women now weigh about 18.5% more than they did 50 years ago and the weight of the average man has increased 17.6%.
I find it interesting that during this same time period there has been both an increase in physical cravings and a decrease in spiritual appetite. I’m not saying the food industry is the cause of our spiritual malnutrition, but we are a nation that is spiritually anemic.
The prophet Jeremiah ministered in a time like this. It was a time when people had forgotten God and a time when the emphasis was physical and not spiritual. It was to these people that Jeremiah said:
“My people have done two things wrong. They have abandoned me, the fountain of life-giving water. They have also dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that can’t hold water.” ~Jer. 2:13
A society that turns its back on God is one that embraces a philosophy that simply cannot hold water. It might grow in size due to government programs, and it might increase in weight due to financial gain; however the only true hope is to return to the “fountain of life-giving water.”