Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. ~I Corinthians 10:31
I think I overindulged a bit last week.
Since our girls were at camp, my husband and I went out to eat more than we normally do. I certainly enjoyed it. But in a quiet moment one night, feeling very full after one of our meals, the verse above popped into my head.
I guess since much of my week was focused on eating, it was only natural that a verse with “eat” in it came to mind! It struck me how interesting it was that out of all the actions that could have been mentioned in this verse, eating is one of them.
So what does it mean for me to eat to the glory of God?
- Avoid gluttony. This is hard for me as I really enjoy eating! However, enough is enough. I don’t need to heap my plate full or take seconds just because the food is available. I think my stomach is shrinking (on the inside, that is!) as I’m getting older, because I seem to fill up on less food these days. However, I still want to keep eating because the food tastes good. Moderation needs to be a priority for me.
- Nourish my body with the food choices I make. I think we’d all agree that there are certain foods that are not healthy for us. I definitely notice a difference in how I feel when I eat mostly fruits and vegetables one day as opposed to lots of fried foods or sweets on another day. I don’t think this means that I have to totally avoid those items, but realize that they’re an occasional treat, with the bulk of my diet made up of healthy foods. As a mother, it’s important to apply this principle to my children, too. Their bodies are growing and, since I’m responsible for most of what goes into their mouth, I should make the best choices I can to help them develop properly and feel their best.
- Be thankful for God’s provision. I know it’s easy to make “saying grace” over a meal just a habit, but surely it brings God glory when we are appreciative for what He’s given us. Also, remember that God created food and I believe He did so for our enjoyment as well as our nourishment! Celebrate the beauty and variety of foods as well as the different textures and tastes. Even the process of eating can be special as we gather our family around the table to share a meal.
In what ways do you think we can glorify God through our eating?