Wednesday, December 7, 2011

apathetic appetite

 I’ve been meaning to write a blog post for a while now. Part of my procrastination can be charged to my busy schedule {watching all the seasons of One Tree Hill is top priority, right?}. But more than likely I have been putting this off because I wasn’t sure what to write about.

Thankfully, the close of my fifth semester of college and the fast-approaching holidays have provided me with more than enough material to fill a simple blog post.

Contrary to the above statement, I have more on my plate than simply watching reruns of Chad Michael Murray. December is easily the busiest month of the year. To start, there are all the end of semester assignments—papers, presentations and projects are all due for big points {I’m convinced a group project will be the end of my existence}. Then, once that is done you turn right around to finals week {comprehensive tests are my favorite}. And on top of all that is the Christmas-partying, gift-purchasing, and goodie-baking duties {note to self: find your own ugly Christmas sweater}. And finally, when you’re done with all of that, you scrounge up all your remaining energy to pack up a month’s worth of clothes and toiletries to go home {can I get an amen?}.

Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t all bad. But, I’ve personally noticed the harmful effects such a busy schedule has had on my appetite.

Food around Christmas time is heavenly. Christmas candy has to be my favorite—white trash, peanut butter balls, and we can’t forget Nana’s famous fudge. And all these treats seem to be a favorite gift from friends and family.

And if that’s not enough, there are so many parties! Each one stocked up on calorie-packed finger foods and desserts. And don’t forget family dinners—ham, mashed potatoes, basket full of dinner rolls. My mouth is watering—I’ve had too many caf dinners.

With all these temptations, it’s hard to keep a healthy diet. For me, it’s been important not to torture myself by always saying no. Enjoy the foods I like in moderation, and any time I’m not at parties or family get-togethers eating lots of fruits and veggies. It’s also important for me to keep up my workout routine—wouldn’t want to make myself feel even worse on top of all the bad food.

But the effect on my physical appetite is minor compared to the effects busyness has had on my spiritual appetite. With all the places to go and things to do it’s easy to neglect spending time with my Heavenly Father {which seems especially horrible considering He is the “reason for the season”}.

With so much to do, it’s more important than ever to be intentional when it comes to my relationship with the Father. I wish I could just give some simple “tips” to fix this, but it’s never that simple. And solutions are different for every person.

For me, this means several things. It means spending time with Him first thing in the morning, before the day gets started and consumes me with its mile-long to-do list. It means saying “no.” No, I can’t go play ball. No, I won’t work on these Christmas presents right now. {And even…} no, I can’t watch another episode of One Tree Hill {ouch}. It means hitting the pause button on my day and reminding myself why I’m here and Who I’m here for.

So, as the Christmas season hits full-force in the next couple of weeks, be sure to keep a close watch on that appetite. It will make the holidays so much more satisfying.

Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

~Psalm 90:14

1 comment:

  1. You got your amen :)
    I love this post, especially how you turned it around to what's really the most important :)
    At least we didn't have a newspaper to do this week, right? :D
    If I don't talk to you again in the next few days, I hope you have a great Christmas break!!!