Friday, February 7, 2014

God's Happy Meals

"Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple,
and breaking bread from house to house,
they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, "
Acts 2:46

This is just me, but I think our food becomes healthier to us when we receive it with thankfulness, joy and fellowship with others. Having a grateful heart towards the Lord for providing for us, sharing His goodness with others, and the joy that both of those things bring, I believe, makes the food we eat more nourishing. Maybe our bodies absorb the nutrients better, I don't know, but the Bible does say that a joyful heart is good medicine! (Proverbs 17:22).

Another thing happens when we share meals together, it unites us. When you share a meal with others, there's a connecting or a bonding going on. The food we eat makes up who we are, so maybe by eating the same food together it contributes to us becoming one. The Bible does say not to eat with a person who says they are a Christian yet they are still practicing sinful behavior, so something significant happens when we share meals with other believers, (1 Corinthians 5:11). 

Not only does it matter who we eat with, but what we eat is important too. The culinary artist is often pressured to conform to unhealthy appetites. A true culinary artist cares for the body, physically as well as spiritually, and creates a healthy atmosphere beginning with healthy food. However, it's a struggle to prepare meals for those who don't appreciate the taste of wholesome, healthy, food. I say we explore all of the good food God has put on the planet, sharing what we find with others, and nurture a healthy appetite so we can truly be thankful for all the Lord has provided for us. Let's develop our taste discernment so we recognize, and appreciate, what's truly good.

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