Cravings for the good…or bad?

What do you crave for? What drives your appetite? When your work day is done and your tired, maybe lonely, what drives you? The TV set?...

Pastoral column

By Scott Janzen Pastor, Westerose Gospel Church

What do you crave for? What drives your appetite? When your work day is done and your tired, maybe lonely, what drives you? The TV set? Making money? Sinful activity? Or maybe it’s a hobby or spending time with friends or family. Hopefully in that mix there is also a craving for Gods presence in your life too.

What I’ve come to realize is that everyone of us has different kinds of cravings. Some good and some bad. The true test is developing new healthy cravings like spending time with God. Worshipping God, reading His word or serving people in the church.

I can remember years ago when I was still skinny that I desperately wanted to gain weight (now I want to lose it!). I was a scrawny 140 pounds in high school and tried everything to gain muscle and pounds. I lifted weights, ate like a horse and read every Muscle and Fitness magazine I could get my hands on. It did pay off over time but it took a lot of discipline and patience. In the process of this adventure to become Mr. Universe I started to develop new cravings. I originally ate the typical teenage diet of cookies, chips and ice cream. Over time I started to introduce new healthy food. At first it repulsed me, but after a while I actually started to “crave” the new healthy alternatives.

In the same way we too need to start eliminating the “junk food” of our lives and start replacing it with more of God. Overtime we will start craving His presence. Look at this scripture in 1 John:

“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (1 John 2:15-17 NLT)”

The Bible is pretty clear on this subject. So what are we waiting for? Join me in eliminating those unhealthy choices and start feeding on Jesus Himself the Bread of Life! Bon appetite!

The Pipestone Flyer has invited pastors and reverends from local churches to write a regular column for the paper.

 

Just Posted

Field scouting in July

Field scouting can lead to more successful crop production

Wind, wet lodging crops in fields

By Ponoka News Staff The rain may help with moisture concerns but… Continue reading

Alder Flats 4-H Multi Club Report

4-H kids visited aerial park in Edmonton

Mexican recipes for Dora’s Kitchen this week

Tasty enchilada recipe has two types of chilies

Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate indecent act at By The Lake Park

Complaint said man exposed himself in Wetaskiwin

Fashion Fridays: 5 casual summer dress styles

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Bashaw seed cleaning plant holds official opening

New facility operating well since January

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Chiefs honour Indigenous leader wrongfully hanged in B.C. 154 years ago today

Chief Joe Alphonse says they want his remains returned to his homeland in B.C.’s Cariboo region

Scrapie, a disease related to mad cow, found in two flocks of sheep in Alberta

Health Canada says there is no known link between scrapie and human health

Alberta oil and gas producer cleanup cost estimates set too low, says coalition

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. facing the largest bill at $11.9 billion to clean up 73,000 wells

Scheer on Trump: It’s ‘offensive’ to question the family background of critics

Trump is being called a racist for saying that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from

Most Read