Last Saturday night we were watching football, hanging out on the couch. All five of us. I had almost finished my glass of wine, maybe one tiny sip left, and had placed it on the counter behind the couch. We were all sitting there engrossed in the game, when I heard the wine glass being set down again on the counter. Looking up, it was obvious that Sam had taken that last tiny sip.
“Sammy,” I exclaimed, “Did you just drink that?”
With all eyes staring at him with shock and amazement, Sammy proudly proclaimed, “It’s delicious!”
Of course we couldn’t help it. He has such great comedic timing. It was hysterically funny. But I tried not to laugh too much. Instead I said, “Sammy, you cannot have that.”
“But I love it,” he said.
“But you may not have it. It is not for kids.”
“But what about that I love that?” he reasoned.
And I’ve been thinking about that all week. Such a funny kid. Such a funny statement. But what about that I love that? Isn’t that the way we think too? There’s a lot of things I love that aren’t really appropriate or good for me. For example, I like chips and fresh salsa. Healthy right? But not in the quantities I eat them in. And I like those pretzel nugget things that are drenched in honey mustard, and I love good, salty, cheesy pizza. I love Chai Tea Lattes from Starbucks and sometimes when I write there, I get a venti Chai and a lemon loaf. These are bad choices, yet like Sammy there’s a part of me (a big part of me) that stomps its foot and says, “But what about that I love that?”
It reminds me of Paul writing to the church at Corinth. He tells them that, yes, everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial or constructive (1 Corinthians 10:23). Yesterday, I started tracking what I eat. Having to log it in to the computer proved a big deterrent for day one. I ate good things, things that were healthy and beneficial. I hope to do the same in the days to come. It’s not about depriving myself or claiming that anything (including the lemon loaf) is forbidden, it’s about being healthy and treating my body like the temple that it is (1 Corinthians 6:19).
So as Paul concludes so will I: Whether I eat or drink — whatever I do — may I do it all for the glory of God (10:31).