I did it again. I had a weak moment. There I was after saying I will never do this again. I was in the Chick-Fil-A drive through. I even started justifying my actions. “Anyways, they’re so friendly”. “I need to support good businesses like this.” “I’ll just order the salad”. And as I hear the voice through the intercom, “It’s a great day at Chick-Fil-A! How may I serve you?” I hear myself speak, like an out of body experience, “I’ll have a number one… You better make it a large” as I think to myself, ” you better make it a large?” What does that even mean?
So what happened? My hunger overrode my desire. Because I didn’t meal prep, I wasn’t prepared to have enough food through the day. I was hungry and my desire to stop eating fast food, especially waffle fries, and to live a healthier lifestyle was overridden by my hunger.
This is a small and ridiculous example but it carries heavy truth.
How many times have we lowered our standards to feed our hunger because we want it now and not later?
Maybe you have been in a relationship that you rushed into or rushed out of? Crossed boundaries or gave into a moment only to be left feeling used or regretful. Maybe you’re in a marriage that you thought would be like Amazon Prime, only to realize you can’t two day ship a package of respect, happiness, or a great relationship.
This past Sunday Pastor Brandon and Kristen did an amazing job communicating the Law of the Harvest and the power of our words. They taught us that every relationship requires seed, time, and harvest and our words are like seeds that we plant. These can be positive or negative words that eventually can turn into our reality. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” A harvest is what we pray for, our dreams and visions for our lives.
What can we do to ensure that we honor our time and not give in or give up on our dream and vision for our life?
Meal prep: Our day will consist of many opportunities to feed our hunger for lust, anger, sin, or anything that displeases God. Let’s wake up every morning filling our spiritual stomachs with some of God’s words and His promises. Matthew 4:4 says, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Let’s wake up and say “I am loved by God, known by God and created by God to do good works!” Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Don’t go into an environment that challenges you without being prepared with prayer, time with God through worship, and time with friends that can give you Godly advice. So now while we are waiting, working, and watering our seeds, when an opportunity comes and the enemy tries to give you a quick fix to lose your temper or say something you’ll regret say, “No thank you. I’m too full!” God has a greater plan for you and it is better than you can ever imagine! Ephesians 3:20 tells us this, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”