“Dom. I’m enough for you. I know exactly what you need.”
This is what God was teaching me this week of Lent. I was focusing a lot on my commitment to not go back for ‘seconds’ while I was eating meals. Not only does this help me limit how much food I eat, and help me get in better shape, but it forces me to stay in solidarity with all the people I’ve met on mission trips who often don’t even have the option for firsts, let alone seconds. When you travel to different countries, you realize how much less food other people survive on. It’s almost startling, then, when you come back to America and realize how much we eat!
The other thing that this sacrifice is helping me with is saying no to my desires when they are just wants and not needs. It’s like taking cold showers or fasting from a meal. If rooted in prayer, these practices can build virtue and help you with self control.
So simply getting enough food my first time and then willingly not going back for more is teaching me so much. I used to eat until I was completely stuffed. If I didn’t have to slowly back away from the table, focus on my breathing, and waddle over to the couch after dinner, it meant I didn’t eat enough. Now I see that I was simply over-indulging.
So often I grasp for more and more. Things are good but I want them to be better. I have so much . . . why do I always want more?
This week has taught me to slow down and receive what God is giving me, and not complain that I want more or less. He knows what I can and can’t handle today. And He won’t give me more than I can handle – with His grace.
You see, more isn’t always better. I used to always focus on achieving, but now I want to focus on receiving. Our Lord is the Giver of all good gifts.
What gifts does He want to give you this week? Are your hands full with other things and unable to receive what He is trying to give? Are you in tune with your hunger for Jesus? If you set your sights on things other than God, you’ll constantly be hungering for more because you’ll never be satisfied. But as Jesus told the woman at the well, who was seeking fulfillment in worldly things, “Whoever who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I give them will thirst no more” (John 4:13-14).
I challenge you to receive your fill from the Lord this week. Know that I’m praying for you.