It’s dinner time.
Dinner tonight is a savory meal of rice, moist, delicious roasted chicken, and nicely seasoned vegetables. Hubby has a meeting after work so he’ll be eating his dinner later. But my boys, aged 5 and 3, need to eat now – a little extra play time, clean up time, bath time, and bedtime is just around the corner.
My mouth is already watering and I can’t wait to settle down to eat with them. Food is set on the table. I just need to grab our drinks and we’ll be all set.
“Mummy, this chicken smells sooo yummy!” I smile as I pour out milk into their cups. “We’ll start eating in a sec, ok?” – I reply. Hands together, Eyes closed… We all pray: “Bless this food O Lord, for Christ’s sake. Amen!”
We’re all starving – It’s been a long day. We dig into our food and for a few minutes no one says anything – we are all busy munching away.
“Mummy, I don’t want my veggies. I want some ice cream please.”
I don’t remember who said that first – My 5 year old or my 3 year old, but I do remember that the other quickly agreed. “Yes Mummy, can we eat ice cream instead?”
No boys, we’re not eating ice cream tonight. You need to eat up your veggies. They’re good for you. Please, eat up – We’re not leaving the table until you eat, ok…?
And the back and forth went. They knew they had to eat their veggies – but they were certainly not pleased. They started taking tiny little bites, you know, bites so little that we would surely be guaranteed to spend the entire night eating a side of veggies lol.
Boys, you’re gonna grow big and strong like Daddy if you eat up your veggies!
“Just like my Daddy?” My just turned 3 yr old squealed. “I’m gonna be just like Daddy?”
It never ceases to amaze me, how so very excited the kids get about the idea of being like us. It’s really heartwarming:). “I like strawberry yogurt just like you Mummy!” “I am getting really tall just like you Daddy!” They were not really in the mood for my “nicely seasoned” veggies that evening lol, but they ate it all up (even though they didn’t enjoy it lol) because they knew it would help them grow big and strong like Daddy, who they love, admire, look up to, and definitely know they want to be like.
If only we could be that way about “eating our veggies” as we know God wants us to, so we can grow and mature in our daily walk with him. God is our heavenly Father, we love him and we want to be who he wants us to be… But there are some times when it seems difficult, inconvenient or not very pleasant to do what we know deep down that our Father wants us to do. If we truly love Jesus and want to be like him, following his example as eager disciples, we will do what we know he wants us to do, even though we’d sometimes rather eat ice cream instead of veggies.
A few examples come to mind—
1. Forgiving someone who has hurt us terribly. Not only forgiving, but showing them radical love.
2. Seeking God’s Approval instead of People’s Approval.
3. Obeying what we know God has told us to do; And doing the right thing, even when it’ll be so much easier to do something else.
And many more…
It is my prayer that we, as children of God, will always do what we know God wants us to do. That we will be true followers of Christ, following his example as we grow and mature each day. That we will always love God, not only with our words, but with our deeds – big and little. That we will always seek God’s approval – far above any other.
I pray that we will always remember that there is a time for rice and chicken, a time for ice cream, and there is a time to eat our veggies too. I pray that we will always live a life that will be heartwarming to God – a sweet aroma to God… that God will rejoice over us as we live a life of obedience to him… and as we discover every day that really, in obeying God, we are actually doing ourselves a whole lot of good. And like Tola has reminded us, eating our veggies in manageable portions regularly now will help prevent a whole lot of issues down the road.
Here’s the Verse/Thought of the Day:
1 John 2:3-6
“And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (ESV)
–So help us God – Amen!
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- By God’s grace, we can & will live a life that pleases God!
Is there anything that today’s post reminds you of? Have you ever struggled with obeying God or doing something you know God wants you to do? What helps you stay on track as you grow in God each day?
Thanks a lot – Have a wonderful day!:)!
Much Love & Blessings,