Guilt. Holiday guilt especially is something that I want to touch on right now.
Often the holidays come around, and people are already feeling guilty about the holiday 5 pounds they’re going to gain because of the sugar they shouldn’t be eating,
It makes the holidays miserable, actually.
God gave people opportunities to feast in the Bible. He even commanded them to devote their resources and time to a special time of feasting, gratefulness, and what we might call ‘vacation.’ (Refer to Leviticus 23)
Spending the holidays with your family isn’t about feeling guilty or planning your post holiday weight loss program. It’s about enjoying God, enjoying His bounty, His abundant goodness, His love, and His care for us, His children.
I forget this sometimes in the busyness of the seasons. I race through the kitchen pulling out ingredients to make food, but I don’t stop, step back, and thank God for the food, the family, the awesome snowflakes falling from the sky, the green ponderosa pines that are green all year long, the deer stepping softly through the snow, and the white husky bolting through the backyard.
If you are struggling with this, look back at all of God’s blessings. Start counting them. Push the scale into the closet. Push the thoughts of gorging yourself on sweets out of your mind, and fill it with thoughts of thankfulness, wonder, awe, and amazement at what God has done, the gifts He has given, and the moments He fills with blessings and trials for our growth and sanctification.