Filled with Thanksgiving
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 (ESV)
Thanksgiving means turkey. Lots and lots of turkey. I’m good with that as it’s one of the only dinners I am actually decent at making, (okay, so I usually cook a pre-stuffed, frozen turkey roll – don’t judge me!). However bad of a cook I am, I still have a bit more going for me than the woman who called the turkey helpline for advice. When the customer service rep asked her what state her turkey was in (meaning fresh or frozen) the woman answered, ‘Florida!’
Cooking isn’t my only struggle, I also have wondered why people – pastors included – find it okay to mention and even joke about how much they overindulge themselves at this yearly feast. The habit of undoing belts and top buttons is laughed about and shared openly with pride. Proverbs 23:20-21 says, “Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.”
Doesn’t seem too funny to me. Now, I have to admit, I’ve done my share of overeating in my day and I am not at my ideal weight. But, I do feel conviction in this area and the Lord has really been working on my heart, calling me to turn away from seconds and reach out to Him to fill the craving in my soul.
This Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks to God who fills us completely with his Holy Spirit, bringing joy, peace and hope. All much more desirable than indigestion!
Father, we thank You that You want us to be both spiritually and physically healthy. Help us to know when to push away from the table and to pull ourselves away to find a quiet place with You. Amen!
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