Give us this day our daily bread
Friday, October 23, 2009
I was reminded this morning of the message that was taught at church on Sunday about how we are a world that lives with abundance. We do have more than we need or know what to do with. Let's face it, we rent buildings to store the stuff that no longer fits in our houses!! Now, of course, this was aimed at material things. But this does convey over to how we eat.
We are taught at an early age how to pray to God. I can remember learning the Lord's Prayer when I was little. It was one of our first big memorization projects. What I am focusing on today is this part, "Give us this day our daily bread." God gives us what we need daily to survive. We just need to pray and trust that the food that we have is ENOUGH to get us through the day. ENOUGH to nourish us to that we can move, think, do.
When God led his people out into the wilderness, God provided food for them in such abundance that they had food left over everyday. And the food was good. It helped them to walk and walk and walk in that wilderness - for YEARS!
So, my point is why do I feel that I need to sit down and eat a huge meal every meal? I wonder why I feel secure and content only when I am so miserably full that I cannot move or breathe sometimes?
I am sure that there are many emotional reasons attached to this eating habit that I have. What really strikes me here is that I believe I am living in sin by eating like this. Am I showing God that I don't trust him to provide for me in this way?
Can I learn to be content to eat to sustain and nourish my body and not to meet some emotional need?
I could cut down on my grocery bill and give that money to help someone in need. To someone that does not have enough food for the day. To Compassion International, or the local Salvation Army. I could give to the local abuse shelter. That money could be use for so much good!
I believe I can. I believe that this very thing was revealed to me so that I can make this change with God's help. God doesn't want me to be a slave to food. He doesn't want me to be a slave to any earthly thing.
Heavenly Father, I thank you so much for showing me your love. I thank you for helping me adjust my focus so that I can learn to live the way you want me to live. I thank you for allowing me to know that you are here to help me with my new lifestyle change. Lord, I want to do this in a way that honors you. I commit this to you and pray that you will guide me along the way. I thank you for giving the vision of SparkPeople and for the many, many SP friends that I am meeting. I pray a special blessing to all of my SP friends today! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen!
I must remember that God is a God of abundance and He will take care of me!