December 07, 2010

Christmas Countdown – Part I The Goodies

“O taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” Psalm 34:8 (NASB)

Tis the season to be jolly. Tis the season for tree trimming. Tis the season for gift giving. Tis the season for lots of tasty treats. Yum-yum! Thus far, we’ve been to two Christmas parties. One was rather large and the other a bit smaller, but both overloaded with scrumptious, mouth-watering although highly caloric food.

Several of us agreed that it was easier to get through Thanksgiving than Christmas. For during Thanksgiving we generally prepare to over-indulge for one glorious day, however, Christmas treats are the norm all throughout the month. This leads to some serious taste bud temptation. So if you hear a strange woman screaming, “Get thee behind me Satan!” you will know that I’ve just passed the dessert portion of some buffet. My only refuge afterwards will be in a bottle of Maalox, Tums or any number of combined antacids.

Now I’d be fooling myself to think I could go the entire month of December without tasting a few delicious morsels along the way. However, just like the majority of trimmings Christmas brings along – I will avoid danger by exercising good judgment and moderation. I encourage you to do the same.

This could create some real battles of the will if you are diabetic or dealing with certain food allergies or interactions. Sugar is not everyone’s friend, neither are nuts or flour. Several people I know are diabetic, including my own dad. A neighbor of ours is has nut allergies and another can’t eat wheat flour due to cancer diet restrictions. Since these things are extremely prevalent during the holidays - what is a body to do! Even those of us without diet restrictions really need to watch our temple walls, to keep them strong and healthy.

Well, here is my cure that will satisfy even the most veracious appetite. It’s found in our verse from Psalm 34:8, “O taste and see that the LORD is good!”

Need a sugar fix? Slice off a Psalms and feast on some praise pie! Ready for a main course? Cut up the meat of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. Got a craving? Carve up some Colossians to chew on. Can you taste it? How sweet are the words of Jesus! How easily most of them go down! Okay, there are a few hard words contained in the gospel, but we all need some fiber for good measure.

The most wonderful thing about feasting on the Word of God is that it does everything to build you up, to keep you spiritual healthy and you just cannot over do it!

With this in mind, the next time someone offers you that large bowl of Figgie pudding topped with cool whip, just politely smile and take refuge in a plate of Proverbs instead!

Someone pass me the James, please!

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