Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Resolutions: Eating Right

After taking a break for the holidays I'm back with a series of posts on resolutions to start the new year. Please feel free to comment and share your own resolutions for 2012. Next week, I'll get back on the saddle for my study of the book Not a Fan. For Monday's resolution, career, click here. Please feel free to share your resolutions in the comments. There will be a post at the end of the week compiling them all.

I am a snack-aholic. I'm not much into sweets, but put a bag of something salty next to me and don't expect to see it again. Doritos and Cheetos are my favorite. No need for fancy flavors, the originals are just fine by me. You can leave your bags over there.

What was I saying again? Oh yeah, I love me some snacks. But the problem with snacks are they don't satisfy. I'm always left wanting more. As the Lays commercial claims, "you can't eat just one!"

I used to have some self control in this area. I'd take a Costco-sized bag of trail mix to work and it would last me a couple of months. Now it's lasting me just a few weeks. My other eating habits haven't changed. And I'm not more active to want to eat more. In fact, far from it! But the usual handful of nuts and raisins just doesn't satisfy anymore.

Jesus promised, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty." (John 6:35)

Jesus satisfies. He never leaves us wanting more. But don't we approach our spirituality like a snack? We reach for a handful when we get the craving, but we are never satisfied. I am guilty of this in my own personal Bible study. I snack on a little here and snack on a little there. And when I do sit down for a complete meal of in-depth study, I can't eat another bite. So back to snacks I go.

So another of my resolutions this year is to eat right, to stop snacking on the Word of God and devour full meals. There's already enough junk in my life, I don't need to eat more of it.

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