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April 2, 2014, 2:58 PM

Habit? Really?


I was reading something the other day and for the life of me I can't remember what.  But in this article the person was talking about the things we give up for Lent and how after a certain amount of time it becomes habit.  I agree on some levels.  When I gave up diet Mt. Dew several years ago I never did go back to drinking it.  But I can assure it will never be a habit to not eat between dinners.  I was thinking as I read this that I had hoped I would not even be thinking about it.  That I would stop being hungry but that's not happened.  In fact Tom and I were sitting on the sofa the other day and I said I'm hungry (about 5:00).  He immediately said, "I know."  Well anyone would have known because my stomach was growling.  I've had many opportunities where others have eaten and I do not.  I visit with other pastors during lunch and that hasn't been pleasant.  Oh the company is great but to sit and watch as others eat not so much fun.  I don't mind of course that others are eating.  But I wonder how people feel on the street corners near restuarants where others are eating.  Hunger makes me angry.  We live in a country where there is plenty of food for everyone.  We shouldn't have hungry people.  We have to do something!

I am reminded of these verses in Matthew:

Matthew 25:35-40

New International Version (NIV)

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

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