Um, hello, FOOD IS THE NAME OF THE CHAPTER, you say. Yes, I know, and I’m going to talk a lot about it tomorrow when we discuss all the practical application, but Jen deals with so many HEART issues in this chapter that the food part kind of took a backseat for me.
You, however, are more than welcome to blog about food, comment about food, whine about the food you’re not eating…
Speaking of, I find it quite ironic that my week started off with our sweet little neighbor girl delivering the TEN BOXES of Girl Scout cookies that someone apparently ordered in a fit of madness (and pre-hoarding, as Jen would call it) a month ago.
Two per day. That’s all each family member is allowed. And I don’t even like them. So they’ll be fun to fast from.
And I said this post wouldn’t be about food. For crying.
Here are some quotes I’d love for us to use as conversation starters:
“It is supposed to be uncomfortable and inconvenient. Not because I’m a narcissist but because the discomfort creates space for the Holy Spirit to move. This shake-up of my routine commands my attention. I can no longer default to normal, usual, mindless, thoughtless.” (16) (I know I told some of you I’d include the Kindle “page,” but I realized I can’t do Nook & iPad too–I’m so sorry.)
This is huge for me. At the first sign of discomfort, I run (RUN) to usual-mindless-thoughtless. Like whatever’s in the cupboard. Or the fridge. Or on the internet. Or a well-loved book. Or euchre on Livi’s iPod. Fasting makes me pause and reach for my prayer journal and Bible instead.
“In my privileged world where ‘need’ and ‘want’ have become indistinguishable, my only true requirement is the sweet presence of Jesus.” (19)
I want this to be true with all of my heart. Or maybe I should say, I want to want this to be true with all of my heart.
“The chances my African children are going to bed hungry are so high I almost don’t need to waste a line space speculating.” (22)
I have friends in Cambodia who are going to bed hungry too. Some of them are children. Some are young adults. Some of them are parents of multiple children. I barely know what it’s like to feel a pang of hunger and not immediately assuage it with food. And my girls really don’t know. These days I’m trying to let myself feel the hunger a little longer before I eat as a reminder of the millions of people around the globe who feel those pangs (but much stronger) nearly every single moment of their lives.
“How can we extract our children from this filthy engine where indulgence and ignorance and ungratefulness and waste are standard protocol?” (22)
I know you can’t all whisk your kiddos away to Cambodia, but you can show them pictures. And watch (age-appropriate) documentaries. You can sponsor a Compassion child and discuss what his/her life is like in a third world country. I can’t stress enough the importance of opening their eyes, minds, and hearts to a world in need. Our girls can fight and bicker and whine with the best of them (and do), but they also have a very good grasp on the suffering of so many around the globe (and how greed and ungratefulness is just ridiculous in light of it).
This next quote is a long one, but I underlined, asterisked, and “holy cow”ed it so much that I can’t not include it.
“Teaching by example, radical obedience, justice, mercy, activism, and sacrifice wholly inspires me. I’m at that place where ‘well done’ trumps ‘well said.’ When I see kingdom work in the middle of brokenness, when mission transitions from the academic soil of the mind into the sacrificial work of someone’s hands, I am utterly affected. Obedience inspires me. Servant leaders inspire me. Humility inspires me. Talking heads dissecting apologetics stopped inspiring me a few years ago.” (23)
God’s Word is a big deal to me, and I want to love and crave it more than I do. But I don’t want to spend all my time reading it, pondering it, figuring it out in my head and not going out and doing what it says. I feel like we are often so quick to claim God’s promises and blessings (which is awesome–that’s why he gave them to us) and sooooo slow to follow his go-and-do commands.
“Intentional reduction is so uncommon people just don’t know what to do with it. Folks are adding not subtracting.” (27)
I am all about intentional, purposeful reduction. If you’ve got some time on your hands, you could skim through my 31 Days of Purging posts from October. The 31 days that were actually 29, because my 34-year-old husband went and had himself a heart attack on October 30th.
“When accumulation is not our bottom line, we are liberated to disperse our time and resources differently.” (28)
Oh, I want this so badly for myself and everyone I know and love. I want us to stop the more, more, more and have just enough, so that our extra can go toward those who have so very little.
And if you only pick one quote, may I encourage you to pick this one? I feel like it’s so, so important.
“I can’t have authentic communion with Him while mired in the trappings He begged me to avoid.” (29)
Jesus had so much to say about trappings that weigh us down and get in the way of intimacy with him. I think we’re so quick to label many of those trappings as “blessings that Jesus just wants me to have.” The truest joy and blessing is found in giving. I believe that a billion percent.
If I knew how to make all these words of Jesus red, I’d do it. Italics will have to do.
“Sell your possessions and give to the poor… store up treasure in heaven… life does not consist in the abundance of one’s possessions… give us each day our daily bread… they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature… whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise… for the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom… (The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things and ridiculed him)… how difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God… this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on… “
1. Pick one or more quotes and elaborate on them.
2. Write your own blog post about the chapter.
3. Tell us what you’re doing to mutiny against excess in the area of food.