Max Lucado wrote a clever email in 2001 entitled “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread:” http://www.maxlucado.com/static/email_archive/2009/02.10.html/. He said God gives us items to eat to build certain strengths he wants us to have. I heard a woman preacher in Washington State give a great sermon. She brought three foods: one for a regular day; one for a bad day; and one for an extraordinarily great day with blessings everywhere. I combined her ideas and Max Lucado’s. Here is my interpretation.
A bad day is a Fishwort Day.
A regular day is a Green Beans Day
An extraordinary day with blessings everywhere is a Rutabaga Day.
Choose the food for your three kinds of days. Use a real one, a plastic model, and/or a picture of one to help you visualize it.
God wants you and me to use his wisdom, grace, and blessings to turn bad days into good days. Even if you don’t particularly like a certain food or day, you can appreciate something about it. Personally, the sound of the name of the food can turn you on or off. I love to say Rutabaga: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/food/2009/12/03/five-ways-to-eat-rutabaga/. I never realized that Rutabaga is another name for a Turnip. Roundish with a few strips of purple. If I had a Rutabaga day, it would definitely be good. Everything would be going my way. For a bad day, what about Devilfish and Dragonfish. We’ve all had days when we were barely dragging and perhaps a dragonfish could put more fire and enthusiasm in our lives. I think a Devilfish day would be one like the day when the devil tempted Jesus. God wants us to turn to him on all of our days. He wants us to say, Psalm 118: “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad it is.”
Think about your experience today. Would it be a good day, a bad day, or an extraordinarily great day?
My challenge to you is to make the best of today and every day in your life. You can change your attitude and look for ways to appreciate the value of everything God sends your way. It is your choice of how you view your day. You can choose to look at and focus all our attention on the fishwort, smelly part of our day. You can also look for things to appreciate. You can search for the beauty that you may have overlooked.
Name ten reasons you are thankful. It will help decrease your anxiety.
Pray for God’s wisdom and mercy. It will help raise your hope.
Look for solutions. Take Action. This will lessen your out of control feelings.
Accept yourself as you are. Accept your day as it is. Accept others as they are. Do something good for yourself. Help someone do something they cannot do for themselves. You will be filled with love, comfort, hope, and enthusiasm. In Psalm 23 David assures you that God (Goodness and Mercy) shall follow you all of the days of your life. Each and every day of your life, God is right there with you. Talk with him. Ask his advice. God loves you very much.
Below are days with sample foods that could be your food from God for the day. Would you have to make adjustments, or would you be happy. Look at things from a different perspective. Your life will be easier to swallow.
Monday Rutabaga, Grape, Corn Bread, Cupcakes, Milk, Trout
Tuesday Broccoli, Banana, Honey Wheat Bread, Pumpkin Pie, Tea, Salmon
Thursday Carrots, Orange, Pumpernickel, Rice Pudding, Coffee, Flounder
Friday Zucchini, Lemon, Pita Bread, Chocolate fudge, Bass
Saturday Spinach, Peach, Sourdough Bread, Cake, Hot chocolate, Tuna
Sunday Beets, Lettuce, Fig, Biscuits, Ice Cream, Apple Cider, Catfish
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