I’m glad the holiday season is finally over! Each year, as Thanksgiving approaches, I am determined that I’m going to maintain my healthful eating habits. Each year I fail. I love cookies, cakes and all the foods that are around from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. I usually start giving in with moderation, but by the end of Thanksgiving Day, I’ve abandoned all self-control. By the end of the holiday season, I feel crummy, my clothes don’t fit well, and I’m looking forward to getting back to my disciplined eating habits. New Year’s Day arrives, and finally, tired of indulging, I return to my normal healthful eating habits. Every year it takes several weeks to get back to where I was before the holiday season began.
I find this to be an interesting parallel to our spiritual lives. When we actively pursue our relationship with Jesus, we feel great. But when we begin to coast, we become indifferent and weak. Our spiritual diet falters, and we become susceptible to fear, doubt, selfishness and temptation. When we finally return to seeking to grow in our relationship with Jesus, we become stronger again, and we wonder why we ever wandered away.
It’s January 3rd, and it’s time to get back on track, maintaining a healthful diet, both physically and spiritually. Happy New Year! Make it great!