“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
Food. Why is it that something our body needs and desires can be one of the most difficult aspects of parenting a child sometimes? I am thankful for Your creativity in designing such a wide variety of foods to bring nourishment to our bodies, but right now I’m struggling to get one of my kids to willingly eat anything more than hot dogs and spaghetti. He refuses most veggies, non-nuggeted chicken and even mac ‘n cheese. But it’s more than just about food, Lord. It’s about his heart in all of it. It’s ugly and defiant. We find ourselves punishing him for his disobedience to eat (or at least try) the food prepared AND for the out of control attitude the takes over in the midst of dinner. Like every night.
I used to be so arrogant as to think that if a parent exposed kids to a variety of healthy food young and limited the unhealthy stuff, they would grow to be good eaters. We did and he’s not. So, now my “wisdom” is all used up and I’m left with a hungry child with a heart of stone. Research recommends having kids trying something 20 times before deciding they don’t like it. But what if I can’t even get him to open his mouth? (I’ve tried… You’ve seen it… it wasn’t pretty.)
I guess since I can’t force him to eat and I can’t change his heart, I’m going to have to turn this over to You. I’ll continue to be consistent in presenting the foods and requiring him to eat them. Would You please take over and begin to soften his heart? Help me to teach him that, though it’s the last thing on earth he wants to do, it’s the right thing. But help me not to turn it into a battle of the wills. A “you must obey” type battle every time. Help me to be gentle and firm. May I willingly offer him forgiveness and point him to the Forgiver of all sins. Remind me to show him to lean on You and go to You for his strength to obey and forgiveness.
I pray that in teaching him to give glory to You when he eats and drinks that I would be giving glory to You in the process. So far, the process hasn’t been lovely and my attitude hasn’t been very glorifying. That’s going to take Your work in MY heart too.
O God, at dinner time, in discipline and in “whatever” we do, may our family glorify You.