Today I was thinking of the difference between our countries and those that are in want… in a generality, third-world countries. It seems so odd to me for my major life focus to be unlearning my overeating habits when there are people in other countries that would give anything to have what I typically eat for snacks!
But all the same, it is a problem of the heart for me. And I am reminded of the verse…
Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities! Luke 12:48
I have grown up in America… I have lived a life that is essentially a “greater” gift: salvation at the age of eight, great parents, an awesome brother, and an amazing husband and children, financial security, extravagant shelter, and an abundant food supply.
Therefore, I have greater responsibilities. It is my responsibility to deal with that greater gift the way that God wants me to.
It is my responsibility to become a better disciple of Christ each day.
It is my responsibility to honor my parents, to encourage my brother, to respect my husband, and disciple and train up my children.
It is my responsibility to help maintain our financial state (or at least those parts that I do control).
It is my responsibility to take care of my home so that it will last as long as possible for us.
It is my responsibility to eat wisely and with control.
It is my responsibility… given to me from God.
This puts yet another spin on approaching food with the right attitude. But, I guess I sort of accidentally also came across those other things. It sorta changes the way I will even look at chores and paying the bills and making sure my children are exposed daily to the Law of God and the Grace of Christ.
When I imagine that God has deemed me with these greater gifts… it makes me want to accept those responsibilities with graciousness and thankfulness. And not in hopes that I will receive more simply because I have been a good steward (that is a parable study for another day), but just because I want to honor God through appreciating His gifts by upholding the responsibilities that He has given me.
Wow. Honestly. That is all some kinda heavy stuff. But, hey, I’d rather have some heavy emotional and spiritual stuff and a lot of responsibility than the opposite of that. I’ll take blessings… any day!