Monday, December 04, 2006

What!?! Tacos again? (said in a whining voice)

Are your kids like mine? Probably. Last summer we had a taco bar for our son Andrew's high school graduation party. We planned for a 100 and I think we had around 50 people show up. What do you do with all that taco meat? Don't get me wrong. I love tacos because they are easy to fix, easy to clean up after and they are semi-healthy because my wife Judy rinses the meat after it is cooked. Needless to say, we have eaten a lot of tacos since then!

The funny thing is, the kids whine if we eat the same thing twice in a row. NOT ME!!! I could eat the same food day in and day out. I view food as a means to an end; that is, fueling this bod! The kids feel put out if they have to eat the same food twice. And if you are an adult like this then I've got two words for you - grow up! : )

In the Bible, the children of Israel had just been delivered from Egyptian bondage and slavery. God is now providing their every need, with the exception that it is not exactly to their liking. God was providing this incredible, delicious, honey and cracker sort of thing every single day and all they had to do was collect it - as much as they could eat! Listen to these classic whiners taken from Numbers 11:4-6 (The Message):

The riff-raff among the people had a craving and soon they had the People of Israel whining, "Why can't we have meat? We ate fish in Egypt - and got it free! - to say nothing of the cucumbers and melons, the leeks and onions and garlic. But nothing tastes good out here; all we get is manna, mann, manna."

Don't we do the same thing? God has given us so many blessings! Yet, we feel slighted if we don't get our way, or trials come our way. The People of Israel had quickly forgotten that God miraculously delivered them from 400 years of slavery and was meeting their every need.

Today, let's put on an attitude of gratitude. Whether you live in a modest home, or a big one; drive a luxury car or a beat up old pick-up truck. Let's be thankful for God's gracious provision and thank him for all he has done.

Let's also thank God for sending is one and only son Jesus to die in our place so that we could have the free gift of eternal life. Tye out.

...always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eph 5:20NIV

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