One of the most frustrating things about being a mom of toddlers is the little ones’ eating habits. A blog called Mommy Shorts posted moms’ submissions about their children’s picky eating habits. Here are my favorites:
- Hello, my name is Julia, and tomorrow I will hate every food I liked today.
- Hello, my name is Lexi, and I will gag at the sight of sauce, except if you call it frosting. I love pasta frosting.
- Hello, my name is Gabe, and I will not eat scrambled eggs unless you spell my name out in ketchup next to them.
- Hello, my name is Wyatt, and I like my milk separate from my cereal so I can treat it like a dip.
- Hello, my name is Olivia, and I hate crust. Not just on bread and pizza. Did you know there is crust on pancakes and hot dog rolls too?
- Hello, my name is Xander, and if I find one string on my banana, I will cry like you chopped off my leg.
- Hello, my name is Atlee, and I like toast with butter, but not if I see you putting the butter on my toast. You must butter my toast in the pantry, in another room or outside, because if I see you put butter on it, I will not eat it. And don’t get the crazy idea that I like dry toast. I do not. I like toast with sneaky butter on it.
- [More “picky eaters” here.]
Ah those sweet days of feeding toddlers . . .
Toddlers’ food choices can drive us crazy. Of course, those picky eaters don’t think they’re being picky. In their little minds, they’re being discerning gourmets!
I read a scripture that made me think about what I “eat” each day.
“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:16, ESV).
It’s a choice. I can either eat the world’s foolish words—and go hungry nonetheless—or I can feast on the satisfying, wise words God has provided for me.
Chewing on God’s Word is a matter of being a discerning picky eater.
We have a choice every day about what we will read and the media we devour. Our choices will affect our lives.
If we are wise stewards of God’s time and of our minds, we will make choices that the world might consider “picky.” But that shouldn’t concern us.
If we want to model Christ to the world, we will want lives that are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2). We need to “test” literature and media—and “discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
The Psalmist said, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103), and the patriarch, Job, said he treasured God’s words more than his actual “portion of food” (Job 23:12). They “ate” the Word and were satisfied.
We may have second thoughts about other things we’ve read, but we will never regret “chewing” on scripture.
Do you eat God’s words every day? How has He blessed and encouraged you by them?