One of my favorite characters is Jesse Stone played by Tom Selleck. CBS and Hallmark have popularized his movies based on (at the beginning) the Robert B Parker novels. Jesse is the troubled police chief of Paradise Massachusetts. He is frequently asked about his former career as a baseball player. When he is asked if he misses it his response is always “Everyday“.
That exclamation has had me thinking about the monumental task of dropping half my body weight. There are a number of questions I would answer with “Everyday“. For example: Do you miss eating more than once a day? Or, Do you miss eating fast food? Or, How often do you weigh yourself? Does the process of dropping half your body weight occupy much of your thought and energy? I’m sure there are or will be others. But for now, one meal a day, fasting , weight loss occupy my thoughts and energy Everyday. For update purposes I’m at currently at 334 lbs (44 lbs lost) in just 7 weeks.
Then I was thinking about a spiritual life, my spiritual life, and I realized that the sanctification process is Everyday. When do you pray? How often do you spend time in the bible? When do you look for opportunities to speak about the Lord? Or, teach your kids about Jesus? The answer is “Everyday“.
We had a family biblestudy over the weekend. I had every intention of teaching from the Beattitudes. But before I realized it my weight loss project and fasting took over the biblestudy. We looked up two verses and talked about how they relate. Amos 8:11 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God , “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. And in Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. These verses have several things in common. 1. God uses hunger to instruct His people. 2. People normally eat for physical sustainance. 3. But our lives are more than bodies and require heavenly interaction. In the Beattitudes I was going to be teaching from Jesus says: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied” Mat. 5:6. Question: How often are we to hunger and thirst for righteousness? How often do we seek spiritual satisfaction? And finally, if we are hungry, how often should we ask ourselves to consider what it means? “Everyday“!
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