We’ve almost finished off my homemade cookie-like granola bars. They have been great to have around for me at least (my oldest won’t eat them because they have walnuts in them) for when I’m running late or don’t have time to eat or when I’m just hungry but not in the mood to think about what to eat or what to make.
But they are also reallllllly yummy. Essentially they are like an oatmeal raisin cookie minus the sugar. And this morning as I was going to snag one, I looked in and moved the granola bar on top out of the way so that I could get the biggest one on the bottom.
Oh how I am a creature of habit.
And once again, grabbing the biggest one isn’t a huge deal in and of itself, but here I am dealing with matters of the heart. And, for me, grabbing the biggest one means more than just “I’m really hungry.”
At the deepest level it is me being selfish and self-centered. I want it for me. I don’t want someone else to get the big granola bar. It is greed. It is the act of gluttony.
Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:4
I need to have a conversation with myself when I come across the biggest piece of food. In essence, it can be an opportunity to practice putting others before me.
If I can switch my thinking from “I want the biggest granola bar for me!” into “I wonder if Pasco would like the biggest one since he is so hungry when he comes home?” or “Perhaps we will have a guest sometime today and if I leave the largest one there then I can serve them that one.”
It’s not that I wasn’t hungry enough for the largest piece but it is all about an opportunity to change my heart from one of gluttony to one that gives glory to God.