It’s time for Five Minute Fridays! I’m joining up with Kate today, but this post is also part of my series 31 Days of Simply Writing. Every day for the month of October, I will be taking a one word prompt and writing for 5 minutes, similar to what I do for Five Minute Fridays. Today’s word is Eat.
You have to eat to stay alive. It’s simply a part of being human. But part of the issue is when we eat too much. Or we eat the wrong things. Or we don’t eat enough.
I’ve tried for a long time to not be a member of the “clean your plate” club. You know what that is, right? “Clean your plate, because I worked hard on this meal.” Or “clean your plate because there are starving kids in Africa.” I didn’t like that when I was a kid and I don’t want to inflict it on my children.
But what IS required is being nice. You aren’t allowed to take a bite and throw it up to get it out of your mouth. You don’t have to clean your plate, but you do need to take a bite of everything so that you can try new foods.
So trying new foods can be interesting and fun. I’ve recently discovered that I like roasted asparagus. It’s quite tasty. Also, roasted brocolli.
But I still don’t like mushrooms. Something about the taste just isn’t right to me.
And I will always love chocolate and cookies and gummy peaches and breads of all shapes and sizes. Oh, how I love bread! I love the warm yeasty smell and the way that butter melts on a fresh loaf. I love sourdough and white bread, brown bread, and herb encrusted bread. It is delicious!
But what I crave most is the bread of life. Here is a passage from John 6:35.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
And another from John 6.
47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
The bread of life is the sweetest gift I have been given. May we, like the Psalmist in Psalm 34, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”