It's almost here!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday - well, top two for sure.
I love the food, the family... and the football.
A couple years ago, my family decided they needed to eat healthier. We basically showed up for the meal they had prepared, so we could hardly weigh in and suggest they not make any changes. But suffice to say, we were not as excited about a 'healthy' holiday.
Imagine our surprise when dish after dish was rich, savory, and exploding with seasonal flavor. By the time it was over I could hardly believe how delicious it had all been. In fact, I begged them to remember exactly what they had done so it could be replicated the next year!
God's heart for us is much the same. His commandments seem like they will curtail our lifestyles. Obedience sounds like it will be hard and taxing. His ways don't sound like our ways because they aren't... they are so much richer, so much deeper, so much more satisfying than our habits. But it takes a leap, or a surrender, to let go of the weaker option we know, and sit at the feast of goodness God is preparing for our lives.
As C.S. Lewis wrote :
"It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."