DayBreaks for 01/14/15 – Dining Al-DeskoOn average, most Americans gained six pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. That, my friends, is the “average.” Some of gained a lot more. Have you noticed how since the holidays ended that nearly every other commercial on TV or banner-ad online is about some kind of weight loss program? We are a nation collectively cringing about our six weeks of binging and feasting.
But, behold! I bring you good tidings of great joy: don’t feel guilty about it (at least not too much!) Here’s an “indulgence” that may make you feel better for all your indulging. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s we have more face to face meals with families, co-workers, community members, and even strangers, than we do at any other time of the year. We eat together. We join together. We share food and ourselves, together. We party together. We bake together. If that costs us a few extra calories, it is not a bad thing. As J. R. R. Tolkien put it in The Hobbit, “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
You may not have heard of it yet, but one of the newest words in this year’s lexicon is “al-desko.” That term is used for describing a busy office worker who is forced to eat their lunch and/or dinner at their desk. (Yes, I have been dining al-desko for decades!) When we cannot find the time to break away and have a meal with family or friends, we dine “al-desko.” Dining “al-desko” is quite probably a far worse problem than any holiday weight gain. The fact that dining “al-desko” is now an actual definition, reveals a new epidemic, one even worse than the flu.
In Corinthians, when Paul launches into his teaching about rules for what can and can’t be eaten and why, we cringe and shy away from his message because to our ears it sounds like a long lecture on moralism. Paul starts out talking about food rules. Then he shifts over to issues of sexual morality. Here are two things we surely do not want to hear about. But really what Paul is emphasizing to the Corinthians, and to every future generation of Christians, is that what we do with our physical body matters. Matter matters…and even taking time to be with people instead of eating at your desk matters. It may matter far more than you could ever guess because someone’s eternity may depend on the relationship! Let’s not make getting more work done more important than taking the time to build relationships.
PRAYER: Lord, I confess that I have been guilty of this so many times because of an overly developed sense of priority, thinking that getting more work done is more important and building relationship! Forgive me for my insensitivity! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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