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Baby food, grown-up food, and God's blessings

Posted by Douglas Twitchell on Oct 13, 2013
Meal times were much more simple before Toby started eating "grown-up" foods. When we sat down to eat, Laura and I had our plates, and Toby had his bowl. We ate from our food, and Toby ate from his, and I don't think it ever occurred to him to wonder what we were eating.
But that changed when we started feeding Toby food off our plates. Once we started that, from then on, Toby would always be curious about what was on our plates.

And that's fine, but sometimes it's a bit inconvenient. There are some foods that we don't feed Toby (for example, his pediatrician has recommended that we not feed him peanut butter yet, and if I'm eating eggs that the yolks are a bit runny, I won't feed them to Toby).

This morning Toby had a bowl of cereal, but I had a breakfast sandwich made with bread, cheese and eggs (slightly runny). On a normal morning, Toby will go at his cereal with great gusto, and never stop until it's finished. But this morning, since I was eating a breakfast sandwich, he was extremely curious about that, and would not eat his own food, because he was determined to have some of mine.

The interesting thing was that as soon as my sandwich was gone, Toby went immediately to his cereal and gobbled it all down without hesitation.

Toby knows that his cereal is quite yummy, and under normal circumstances he doesn't hesitate to dive into it. But today his desire for something else kept him (temporarily) from enjoying his own food.

That made me think of a couple verses in scripture about the blessings God gives to us, and the way we respond to those blessings. Just as I don't give Toby things that aren't good for him, God doesn't give us things that aren't good for us. James 1:17 says that all good and perfect gifts come down from the Father. And under normal circumstances, I would rejoice in those good and perfect gifts.

But sometimes something else comes along that God doesn't intend for me to have - something that would be unhealthy for me. And what happens? Silly me, I stop focusing on the good things God has given me, and I start focusing on the things He hasn't given me. The result? I cease to enjoy the good things that God intended for me to have.

This is one of the great secrets of contentment - to understand and have faith that what God has given me is far better than what He hasn't given me.

In Philippians 4:11, Paul says that he has learned to be content whatever his circumstances. What about you? Are you content? Or are you always distracted from what you do have by the things you don't have?




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