I love the holidays and used to get a little sad when they ended. Now I look to them finishing up with joy. Oh, I still love Christmas, but I love it a little too much. During December, I eat a lot. Okay, I eat enough to fuel an Olympic swim team and a battalion of Marines.
Over the past several weeks, my daughter (a professional baker) has plied me with macarons, hamantaschen cookies, and peanut brittle. On Christmas morning, she whipped up cheesy scrambled eggs, biscuits with sausage gravy, and cranberry tarts with homemade whipped cream. She also served fresh fruit, so I’ll chalk that one up as a healthy meal.
Last month, I’ve also consumed tacos and tamales, pasta, brisket, jalapeño sausage, a fancy New Year’s feast, and all kinds of cheese. Wisconsin dairy cows have been working overtime to supply me with cheese. Oh, and I visited a lot of churches that put out reception goodies. My gut is crying for mercy.
Depending on which website you land on, the average person consumes between 5000-7000 calories on Christmas Day alone. The holidays are proof that you can have too much of a good thing. I can think of only one thing that you can’t get too much of, and that is God.
Isaiah asked, “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare” (Isa 55:2). The prophet was urging us to refuse the “junk food” of the world – those things that fill us up for a brief moment, only to leave us deeply dissatisfied the next. Instead, we should come to God’s banquet table, stocked with a never-ending supply of spiritual blessings that our souls need to get strong and healthy. We experience the richness of this feast through worship, open-hearted prayer, a deep searching of the Scriptures, partaking of the Lord’s Supper (the Eucharist or Holy Communion), Christian community, and serving others as we would serve Christ Himself.
So belly up to this heavenly table and eat to your heart’s content! The more you fill yourself up with God, the more of Him you want. The good news is:
The Bread of Life never runs out (John 6:35).
The Living Waters cannot dry up (John 7:37-39).
The Fruit of the Spirit never spoils (Gal 5:22-23).
The Wine of Forgiveness is always flowing (Matt 26:27-28).
Now if you will excuse me, I need to hit the gym and eat a salad.