Thursday I went to a dinner party at my dear friend Kelly’s house.
The table was beautiful and the food – perfect.
This is one of my troubles with the holidays…everywhere I go the food is perfect.
I have this terrible love/hate relationship with food in December. I seem to not be able to restrain myself very well…a nibble here and a nibble there and by New Years Eve I don’t fit in my jeans! lol!
But sweet Kelly had served a healthy meal of soup and salad and then off to the family room we went to talk and laugh and enjoy one another’s company.
Midway into the evening, I wandered into the kitchen with one of the girls where we were greeted with a plethora of Christmas cookies.
In usual fashion, I picked up a cookie and immediately felt guilt…hmph…“I really shouldn’t be eating this” I thought…then my friend verbalized it…she said something like “I have not been able to work out in a few weeks…I really shouldn’t eat this.” We both laughed because I was thinking the SAME thing! But here’s the annoying part, we just ate a perfectly healthy meal…why are we in the kitchen beating ourselves up over these cookies?
I’ll tell you why – because very few women feel they are thin enough.
With every bite we enjoy - there’s this tinge of guilt…stealing the joy of the gift of food God has given us.
Recently I’d been reading in Ecclesiastes and right there in the kitchen with my friend, I quoted this verse:
“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad.” Eccl. 8:15NIV
The smiles around this table are gifts from the hand of God.
The food is a gift from the hand of God.
The drink is a gift from the hand of God.
And oh yes, even the cookies in the kitchen are gifts from the hand of God.
And while I want to acknowledge that indulging in anyone of these gifts is not healthy…I also want to add, the enemy does not want us to enjoy the gifts that come from the hand of God.
The enemy loves that I can be having a perfectly enjoyable evening and yet find misery there in the kitchen! He wants to steal our joy!
And so I say with vigor – Enjoy these moments in December. Savor the food, the drink, the laughter, and the love. These are all gifts from God’s hand that he intends for you to enjoy. Give thanks and enjoy! Eat, drink and be Merry.
“The merry heart has a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15