Day 676: God Of The Arcade

We took my boys to a high-end, fine dining establishment tonight that was also complete with an arcade.

Yep. You guessed it… Cici’s Pizza.

Fine dining at its best.

My oldest had asked to go and although I believe that he genuinely does enjoy their macaroni and cheese pizza (which I have never tasted because I need only look at it and I throw up a little in my mouth), I do believe that the main reason that he likes to go is because of the games that he can freely run back and forth through.

I dug through the extra change bin before we left the house and so when we arrived, I gave him four quarters and said that was it. He ran off, played a few games, and very happily returned to the table and ate his “specialty” pizza.

I realized while he was playing that I had counted incorrectly and that I had two more quarters to give him. But I never let on, and (sweet thang) he never asked for more. So, after he’d eaten a few pieces of pizza and was totally not expecting it, I gave him two more quarters.

The look on his face… well, it was truly, truly happy.

And it was so much more fun for him (and for me) than had I given him six all at once.

Of course at that moment, I immediately thought of God. Cause I think God’s love is like that sometimes. God knows that when we find happiness and joy in what He’s given us, the extra and unexpected gifts will mean so much more.

The key is in that we find happiness and joy in what He’s already given us. If we look at what we have right now and we aren’t content, then what kind of “extra” joy or happiness are we going to get with more?

I know that you’re probably thinking that there is no way that I can pull together a post about Cici’s pizza, quarters in an arcade, and God and somehow relate it back to food (or if you are a seasoned reader of mine, you probably actually won’t be surprised at all). But it does tie in.

Say I lose five pounds.

Am I content with where I am? who I am? what I look like?

No.

Cause, keepin it real here people… I. want. to. be. skinny.

But I have learned (and I am learning) that this verse applies here:

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:12-13

Let me change it up a bit for you though to make it work for us specifically here:

I know what it is to wear a size 18 or a size 8. I have learned the secret of being content in every situation, whether it is with a skinny body or an overweight body, with a thigh gap or thighs that rub, with no rolls or lots, with smooth skin or cellulite bumps. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

This is what God desires for us to learn FIRST. He wants us to learn to lean on Him no matter what the circumstance or situation is. Then, when we receive an “extra” gift from Him that is neither asked for nor expected… well, just imagine how much fun that will be for us.

And for Him.

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Day Sixty-Four: Greater Gifts

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!